The Health and Human Services Department is expanding access to some of its data as a way to engage more with the public, says a March 16 HHS statement. "HHS is expanding public access to financial data and to the results of our funded scientific research," the agency says.
The Justice Department rolled out new education courses aimed at training the federal workforce on how to properly handle Freedom of Information Act requests, says a March 13 DOJ statement.
Agencies are struggling to properly implement the Freedom of Information Act and release information to the public when it's requested, says a March 10 report from the Center for Effective Government.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission does not have a good process in place that allows the public to seek corrections to agency information or to access previously submitted correction requests, according to a recent audit by the inspector general.
Enterprise data inventories are comprehensive lists of a federal agency's information holdings that can provide a view of the data held internally across the government.
Freedom of Information Act reform is dead for this Congressional session. As House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) closed the last meeting of the 113th Congress, the FOIA bill was nowhere to be found despite pleas from both sides of the aisle. The Senate last week passed updated bipartisan FOIA legislation and urged House lawmakers to pass the bill before the current session ends.
The National Archives and Records Administration is reconsidering its initial approval of a Central Intelligence Agency proposal to destroy email records of all but 22 senior agency officials, according to a Nov. 26 Secrecy News blog post.
An audit of the federal government's open data efforts has produced conflicting results. Where there should be URLs that link to downloadable datasets, agencies sometimes have a short message or an identifier for a non-web resource, such as people's computers and internal servers, the Sunlight Foundation, a nonprofit dedicate to government transparency, said in an Oct. 29 blog post.
A subcommittee of the Freedom of Information Act Advisory Committee is undertaking a massive information gathering project to survey the current state of FOIA oversight, and review what problems have been identified and corrective actions taken over the past 10 years.
U.S. and Chinese government offices will now directly exchange patent application priority documents through a secure, free electronic service designed to speed up processes and lower costs.