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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.