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Navy Department to become FOIAonline portal user

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The Navy Department will use FOIAonline, a shared portal for the processing of Freedom of Information Act requests, the department's office of the chief information officer announced April 18.

Many Navy organizations currently use a Naval Sea Systems Command electronic FOIA tool, the DON OCIO announcement acknowledges. They will be able to continue doing so until the start of the next fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1, the announcement says.

A small collection of agencies launched FOIAonline this past Oct. 1; its main driver has been the Environmental Protection Agency, which repurposed its regulations.gov code for purposes of tracking FOIA requests.

Agencies that use the portal share in its operating costs, which a Commerce Department official estimated at the time of its launch to be between $500,000 to $720,000 annually.

Sponsoring agency officials have said they hope the portal becomes a governmentwide tool for FOIA processing. "The more agencies that use it, the bigger, the more useful it's going to be to the FOIA requesters," Miriam Nisbet, director of NARA's office of government information services, said at the time.

For more:
- read the DON CIO's announcement regarding FOIAonline

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