Melanie Pustay

  • National FOIA Portal will reduce work on both sides of federal information requests

    The National FOIA Portal will offer a one-stop-shop for people requesting information from any of the federal agencies, and will also serve as a guide for pointing requesters toward information that is already public — thus eliminating extra work for FOIA offices.

  • Agency FOIA offices to get self-help tool from DOJ

    Federal Freedom of Information Act offices saw a record number of information requests in fiscal 2016, an accomplishment that highlights the need to be able to efficiently and effectively serve stakeholder and citizens.

  • Justice Dept. fights uphill battle to improve FOIA disclosures

    The Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy is constantly fighting an uphill battle to improve federal agencies’ responses to FOIA requests.

  • Melanie Pustay: How 2016 FOIA changes affect federal agencies

    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.

  • Agencies could face govermentwide change in FOIA response policy

    Federal agencies could soon face a new governmentwide guidance on how they respond to Freedom of Information Act requests, following a meeting in September.

  • Melanie Pustay: A new way of fulfilling FOIA requests

    Seven agencies are trying out a new approach to making documents available under 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 available as soon as it’s requested. Melanie Pustay is the director of the Office of Information Policy at the Justice Department. She joined Jason Miller on the Federal Drive to explain more about the pilot and how it could change federal FOIA processes.

  • Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, DOJ

    The Justice Department wants every federal employee to understand his role when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. Sunshine Week begins next week, and DOJ is reinforcing the concept through a set of new tools and training. Melanie Pustay, director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller how her office works to ensure there’s a broad understanding of every employees’ expectations when it comes to FOIA.

  • Melanie Pustay, Director, Office of Information Policy, Justice Dept.

    The Justice Department wants federal employees to understand their responsibilities when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. As Sunshine Week is set to begin next week, DoJ is reinforcing that concept through a set of new instructions and training. Melanie Pustay is the director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department. She tells executive editor Jason Miller about what she’s doing to broaden understanding of FOIA.

  • New DoJ training reinforces the shared responsibility of FOIA

    Melanie Pustay, the director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, said the tools and e-learning modules are focused on everyone from new employees to senior executives. DoJ rolled out the new education concepts ahead of Sunshine Week, which promotes open government.

  • Obama administration looks to standardize agencies’ FOIA regulations

    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.

  • FOIA backlog grows even as agencies process more requests

    Agencies dedicated more money and personnel to FOIA processing in 2011, but requests grew even faster.

  • Federal Drive interviews — Aug. 15

    Melanie Pustay of the Justice Department discusses FOIA requests. Tim Burke talks about GSA’s City Pairs Program. Booz Allen Hamilton’s Michael Isman reviews the benefits of BYOD. The Hill’s Jeremy Herb offers his take on the Republicans’ vice presidential candidate.

  • FOIA.gov incentivizes agency disclosure

    The Justice Department has launched a new website that shines light on your agency’s performance under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • Progress in Federal FOIA requests, but room for improvement

    Agencies are meeting the White House’s mandate to be more open and transparent when it comes to releasing documents and meeting Freedom of Information Act requests.

  • Agencies opening up slowly under FOIA mandate

    The Justice Department’s new report finds that the number of partial documents released last year increased by 50,000. Many agencies also reduced their backlog of FOIA requests. Agencies say some of improvements can be attributed to increased attention across the government and better technology.