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DOJ updates guidance on questioning if FOIA requesters are still interested

Since a Freedom of Information Act request can take months for an agency to fill, the Justice Department is updating guidance that helps agencies determine if requesters are still interested in getting the information, according to a July 2 DOJ notice.

NARA wants input on FOIA modernization

Agencies have come under fire for not being proactive about handing over documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act. So as part of FOIA modernization efforts, the National Archives and Records Administration is reaching out to the public to find out what they see as faults in the process.

NARA lays out timeline for agencies turning over documents

Permanent records, regardless of format, should be transferred into the National Archives and Records Administration's custody only when business use has ceased and the passage of time has lessened the sensitivity of the records, says a June 17 NARA bulletin.

DOJ IG will make the summaries of senior executive misconduct public

The Justice Department inspector general has set out a new policy to make the summaries of misconduct by senior executives in the agency public. In a letter to Congress, the DOJ IG says it is now posting investigative summaries of cases involving the misconduct of members of the Senior Executive Service and employees at the GS-15 grade level or above as well as Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

Chaffetz chides agency FOIA officials over lack of openness

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz chastised agency officials over what he sees as a lack of openness when processing Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, requests in a June 3 hearing.

NARA records management guidance should have addressed metadata, says GAO

A program spearheaded by the National Archives and Records Administration to help digitize the federal record keeping process left out any provisions about metadata, according to the Government Accountability Office.

NARA issues governmentwide guidance on controlled unclassified information in proposed rule

The National Archives and Records Administration issued a proposed rule May 8 that lays out how agencies should deal with unclassified information that still has some restrictions placed on it.

Deluge of new FOIA requests increases governmentwide backlog

Officials at several agencies told a Senate panel that Freedom of Information Act requests have become unmanageable because of a dramatic increase in the number of requests over the last few years.

Governmentwide FOIA request backlog jumped by 70% in 2014, DOJ says

The number of Freedom of Information Act requests that weren't fulfilled by federal agencies spiked by 70 percent in fiscal 2014 compared to the previous year. That's more than double the increase the government saw between fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2013, says the Justice Department's annual FOIA report.

Even the simplest of FOIA requests a challenge for 10 of 21 agencies, reports open gov group

A new report from an open government advocacy group shows that agency responses to the same, basic Freedom of Information Act requests varied widely. About 65 business days after FOIA requests were sent to 21 agencies asking them to detail their FOIA processing practices, only seven have furnished complete and usable records in response.