The newly created expanded Freedom of Information Act advisory committee set oversight of the FOIA process, increased proactive disclosure and eliminating fees as their top priorities at a June 24 meeting. The committee is comprised of government members and 10 non-governmental members with FOIA expertise. The group was created through the second Open Government National Action Plan with and charged studying FOIA across the government and advising on ways to improve FOIA.
Hundreds of complaints of abuse by Border Patrol agents resulted in almost no action, according to FOIA data obtained by the American Immigration Council.
The National Archives and Records Administration will create a committee to improve the way the government process Freedom of Information Act request, a May 5 Federal Register notice says. "NARA has determined that the creation of the FOIA Advisory Committee is in the public interest due to the expertise and valuable advice the Committee members will provide on issues related to improving the administration of FOIA," the notice says.
"If the government wins this case, the public will be stripped of its right to access all White House executive orders, directives, proclamations, memos or other correspondence provided to federal agencies – products that often have the force of law," the Project on Government Oversight wrote in an April 21 blog post.
Concern about mobile devices and records management sparked the National Archives and Records Administration to warn agencies about the challenges they're likely to face.
The increasing use of mobile devices at federal agencies may have broad implications for records management, something the National Archives and Records Administration has set out to address.
More than half of federal agencies still operate under obsolete Freedom of Information Act guidlines, having not updated their procedures to comply with an Obama administration directive to proactively make information available, a March 14 National Security Archive at George Washington University report says.
Seven of fifteen federal agencies reviewed received a failing grade for implementing the Freedom of Information Act in a Center for Effective Government report. No agency earned an "A" overall although some agencies earned top scores in one of the three areas examined, says the group.
The federal office that serves as the Freedom of Information Act ombudsman is aiming to embed FOIA personnel into information technology procurement and development. The idea would be to ensure in advance that agencies can efficiently search for electronic records in new repositories.
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.