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Spotlight: GAO reveals restricted report list

The Government Accountability Office has published a list of all of their "restricted products," or reports and investigations conducted by the watchdog organization but not publicly released. 

IRS improperly withheld information in 12 percent of FOIA requests, TIGTA says

The Internal Revenue Service improperly withheld information in about 12 percent of Freedom of Information Act requests that were reviewed in a recently released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report.

Transparency group claims the CIA is withholding torture documents

The Central Intelligence Agency has improperly classified and withheld documents related its post-9/11 interrogation practices according to a complaint filed by Openthegovernment.org.

DOE didn't let political appointees influence FOIA requests, IG says

The Energy Department didn't let political appointees interfere with how Freedom of Information Act requests were processed in fiscal 2014, says a recently released DOE inspector general report.

FEMA has taken steps to improve responses to FOIA requests, but several challenges remain

The Office of Government Information Services review pointed out that FEMA reported in fiscal 2014 that it had "several of the oldest pending requests" at the Homeland Security Departrment, including the third-oldest request across the department.

State Department taps former assistant secretary to lead records management reform

Janice Jacobs, who was assistant secretary for consular affairs, will take on the newly created position in charge of of improving document preservation and records systems.

Agency watchdog finds NRC political appointees didn't interfere with FOIA requests

Congress requested that the NRC inspector general make sure that political appointees, also known as non-career officials, had not interfered with the FOIA process and inhibited transparency.

DOJ launches program to open up FOIA request responses to the public

The Justice Department launched a new pilot program to be tested at seven agencies that would open up Freedom of Information Act responses to everyone, not just the requester.

Archives clears up FOIA website confusion

With the launch of the openFOIA website last month, the National Archives and Records Administration has laid out what information requesters and Freedom of Information Act office workers can get from the three main FOIA-related federal websites.

DOJ updates guidance on questioning if FOIA requesters are still interested

Since a Freedom of Information Act request can take months for an agency to fill, the Justice Department is updating guidance that helps agencies determine if requesters are still interested in getting the information, according to a July 2 DOJ notice.