It’s Public Service Recognition Week, and some agencies are taking the time to say “Thank you” to the federal workforce that makes it all happen.
The federal government was overrun by children on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, as agencies rolled out vehicles, cool tech, and even some human organs to capture the kids’ imaginations.
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.
Agencies were scored for how easy it is to find and use email records, established email policies, and employee training. Agencies were also scored on whether there is a low, medium or high risk of not managing email effectively.
Sens. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the committee, wrote separate letters to NARA and the White House about ensuring records are managed properly.
Accountability, leadership support, strategic intent, and a sense of urgency are what one FOIA leader said are the keys to a successful information office.
The National Archives and Records Administration is proposing a rule that clarifies public disclosure of presidential records, and the rights of a current and former president to allow that publication, or to block it.
When the Obama administration transfers 12 terabytes of data to the National Archives and Records Administration, it’ll underscore the importance of federal records and records management. Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to Rob Efrus of Efrus Federal Advisors, for some insight.
Classified documents usually get all the attention, but a new rule is addressing the way controlled information is marked and disseminated in non-classified documents.
Two years in the making, a new, final rule is about to come out from the Information Security Oversight Office of the National Archives and Records Administration. It will govern how you handle CUI — controlled, unclassified information. Although it applies to agencies, it requires them to make sure contractors also follow it. Chuck Blanchard, a partner at the law firm Arnold and Porter, joins Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more.
Accessibility for all promotes open government and transparency, but it can also be a burden on agencies’ Freedom of Information offices. That’s where the U.S. Access Board, and a pending final rule, can help.
The National Archives is working on project trying to make the multimedia records of World War I more accessible to modern audiences. They’ve contracted Shiftdesign to create a new app called “Remembering WWI,” to help educators and history buffs make the war a little less forgettable. Jon Voss, strategic partnership director for Historypin, which is part of Shiftdesign, tells Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin about the project, and how NARA is helping.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have spent much of their Sunday meeting with officials planning the design and construction of his presidential library.
The White House also released new initiatives to improve agency response to records requests, including tasking the new Chief FOIA Officers Council to identify and address the biggest difficulties in complying with the law and OMB will issue new openness and transparency guidance.
Steve Grewal joined the General Services Administration as its new deputy chief information officer after spending the last four years at the Education Department.