The White House office charged with reviewing draft federal regulations has made it easier to search and sort records of its meetings with lobbyists and trade associations.
More than half of federal agencies still operate under obsolete Freedom of Information Act guidlines, having not updated their procedures to comply with an Obama administration directive to proactively make information available, a March 14 National Security Archive at George Washington University report says.
The federal office that serves as the Freedom of Information Act ombudsman is aiming to embed FOIA personnel into information technology procurement and development. The idea would be to ensure in advance that agencies can efficiently search for electronic records in new repositories.
The Government Printing Office has been clear that it wants to overhaul its image into a modern, digital agency, and newly-introduced legislation is proposing to help it do just that, starting with its name.
The National Archives and Records Administration doesn't know where all agencies store their physical records, the Government Accountability Office says. NARA has tried to gather that information, but not all agencies submitted it. The data that NARA has received is mostly from 2008 and 2009 and is now outdated, the GAO says in a report (.pdf) released Sept. 10.
Nearly 80 percent of a 357 million page backlog of classified records has gone through the National Declassification Center's quality assurance review stage, the center announced Aug. 8 in its biannual report. During the quality assurance stage, the NDC works to ensure that still-sensitive information remains classified and that records appropriate for release are declassified.
The nomination of Davita Vance-Cooks to the position of Public Printer will be considered before the full Senate thanks to a unanimous July 24 vote by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.
The federal government has 64 percent fewer in-house printing plants today than it did in 1990, finds a July 17 Government Accountability Office report (.pdf). The most significant decline comes from the Defense Department, which reported 142 printing plants in 1990 and is now down to 17 managed by the Defense Logistics Agency.
A backlog of more than 300 million pages of the federal government's foreign-relations records awaiting declassification probably won't be processed by the end of the year, as is required, a report from the State Department's Historical Advisory Committee says.
Americans want the Postal Service to stick around, with most interested in continuing to receive physical mail but willing to consider more self-service options, according to a new report (.pdf) by the USPS Office of Inspector General. Young people, in particular, were willing to consider a post office with expanded and digital services, the report says.