A review of federal agency classification programs by the National Archives and Records Administration Information Security Oversight Office found that, for the most part, agencies have clarified what categories of information need to be classified to protect national security.
A 3 year effort to speed up responses to Freedom of Information Act programs has had mixed results at 16 federal agencies, in many cases resulting in more backlogged requests and the increased use of exemptions to withhold information, the GAO finds. Auditors also find that many electronic FOIA libraries are "sparsely populated" because the agencies aren't ensuring frequently requested records are identified and posted online.
The Obama administration issued a comprehensive records management directive Aug. 24, which sets a variety of records management goals for agencies while previewing further guidance and rules from the National Archives and Records Administration. The first deadline for agencies comes Nov. 15, according to a memorandum (.pdf) from Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients and Archivist of the United States David Ferriero.
Especially for a voluble group of self-proclaimed believers that the private sector can do better than government, the House Appropriations Committee looks mightily like it's trying to protect a...
Historical Navy documents and artifacts are at risk of loss due to poor storage conditions in the service's History and Heritage Command facilities at the Washington Navy Yard, says the Naval inspector general.
The Freedom of Information Act was first signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 4, 1966. The law outlines what information federal agencies are required to disclose upon receiving a FOIA
The National Science Foundation's national center for science and engineering statistics is updating its dissemination programs to improve data user engagement. But according to a new report, the
The Justice Department ended the last fiscal year with 889 fewer backlogged Freedom of Information Act requests, according to an annual FOIA report (.pdf) released by the agency earlier this month.
Real-time awareness provided by social media can be used to hurt as well as help the military, said Rand Waltzman, a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's information
Federal agencies are more quickly processing Freedom of Information Act requests, but the speed of processing doesn't mean agencies are more transparent. A comparison of 2008 to 2010 FOIA data at 15