The budget for Immigration and Customs Enforcement would drop by $255 million to $5.36 billion in fiscal 2015 under the White House budget request.
Federal agencies must come up with a significant new project to include in updates to their open government plans due June 1. In a Feb. 24 memo (.pdf), Todd Park, the federal chief technology officer, called on agencies to "introduce bold, ambitious new open government initiatives," relating to either transparency, participation or collaboration.
The House passed Wednesday a bill that would make it easier to file Freedom of Information Act requests through a centralized portal.
Federal prosecutors are pushing to prevent emails sent by a FirstNet board member from being released publicly.
The Navy accidentally leaked a memo (.pdf) to Scott MacFarlane, a reporter at an NBC news affiliate, which details how the office planned to evade his recent FOIA request for information on the September 2013 Navy Yard shooting. The Navy has since launched an internal investigation and is considering disciplinary action for employees in its Freedom of Information Act office, according to NBC 4 in Washington, D.C.
The final version of a new White House open government action plan is substantially expanded from a recently circulated preliminary draft – although many of the actions called for in the plan aren't new initiatives.
The United States made six new commitments, including expanding open data and modernizing the Freedom of Information Act, in an updated national action plan released in draft form by the White House Oct. 31. The United States issued the draft set of commitments during the Open Government Summit in London.
Freedom of Information Act processing at many agencies has been delayed because the majority of FOIA professionals were furloughed as non-excepted employees during the government's 16-day shutdown. Unfortunately, the FOIA statute does not address government shutdowns, writes Kristen Mitchell, a facilitator at the National Archives and Records Administration's office of government information services, in an Oct. 24 blog post.
Federal employees utilizing multiple official email accounts doesn't go against record management practices so long as each email account is traceable to its single user, says the National Archives and Records Administration.
The office within the National Archives and Records Administration meant to review agency Freedom of Information Act policies and procedures hasn't really done so, says the Government Accountability Office. Those policies matter, because they control how agencies respond to document requests – but agencies can go for years without updating their procedures to accommodate new FOIA requirements.