Open government and press organizations are fighting back against the new communications policy the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee recently set between his committee and the Treasury Department. The new policy says any communication between the committee and the department will be considered a “congressional record” and therefore isn’t subject to the Freedom of Information Act.
The Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy is constantly fighting an uphill battle to improve federal agencies’ responses to FOIA requests.
Several revisions to the Freedom of Information Act were passed in June 2016 that may have been shadowed by the election season. Melanie Pustay, director of the information policy office at the Justice Department, told Federal Drive with Tom Temin what those changes mean for FOIA officers and anyone working with federal records.
The new FOIA Improvement Act puts pressure on contractors to protect their trade secrets. Jon Burd explains what contractors can do from the get-go to keep them safe.
New guidance from the Justice Department suggests agencies should begin updating their standard Freedom of Information Act response letters and notices to comply with the new FOIA Improvement Act. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law last month to mark FOIA’s 50th anniversary.
Congress passed a bill updating the Freedom of Information Act process, placing the burden on the agency to justify why it has to withhold information rather than asking the requester to justify its release
One of government’s leading officials on the Freedom of Information Act says agencies need more open channels of communication with members of public seeking government records.
Alex Howard of the Sunlight Foundation discusses the legislation now being negotiated to codify new reforms to the Freedom of Information Act.
The Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy is spearheading a proactive disclosure effort to measure the cost and effectiveness of making information from Freedom of Information Act requests available as soon as possible.
A Senate committee has approved legislation to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act.
The Homeland Security Department tries to do the right thing when it gives reporters information through the Freedom of Information Act. But DHS made a huge mistake and wound up releasing dangerous information about the nation’s critical infrastrucure. Perry Pederson is co-founder and managing principal of the Langner Group, and former Director of the Control Systems Security Program (CSSP) at the Department of Homeland Security. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what might happen now that the public knows about Operation Aurora.
Why can’t the government do a better job at Freedom of Information Act requests?
Amid a Congressional push to add new teeth to the 1966 Freedom of Information Act, federal officials insist they are taking steps on their own to make sure agencies release information to the public. Among the efforts is a move to standardize agency rules around FOIA and create a single Web portal for FOIA requests.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency each put their respective Freedom of Information Act systems in a private-sector cloud. HUD said it’s saving as much as 25 percent a year as compared to its in-house system. OCC said it’s answering requests more quickly and effectively.