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NARA seeks comments on email records management program

The National Archives and Records Administration is soliciting comments on the implementation of a program to get agencies' email records in order. Back in October 2014, OMB issued guidance that supports a 2012 directive requiring agencies to manage permanent and temporary email records electronically by the end of 2016 and manage all permanent electronic records in an electronic format by the end of 2019, the recent solicitation for comments says.

House Oversight approved FOIA reform bill

The House Oversight Committee Wednesday approved a bill that would require agencies presume information requested by the public be open unless proven otherwise. The measure, which was passed out of committee by voice vote would make it easier for the public to request and receive government information, lawmakers say.

HHS expands public access to financial records

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.

DOJ rolls out new FOIA training tools

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.

Report: Agencies receive low grades for FOIA compliance

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.

NRC IG: Process for public to seek corrections to agency information ineffective, inefficient

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.

OMB agrees to release large index of government data, Sunlight Foundation says

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.

FOIA reform is dead for now

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.

NARA rethinking CIA email records destruction proposal

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.

Government open data efforts continue to struggle, groups say

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.