A subcommittee of the Freedom of Information Act Advisory Committee is undertaking a massive information gathering project to survey the current state of FOIA oversight, and review what problems have been identified and corrective actions taken over the past 10 years.
The Internal Revenue Service failed to comply with 11 percent of its Freedom of Information Act requests, a recently released Sept. 17 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration report says. The IRS relies on disclosure personnel to ensure that information requests received under the FOIA are handled timely and in accordance with laws and regulations.
Police use of a device that lets officers zero in on the location of cellphones – and thereby persons of interest or suspects – is being kept under wraps by the FBI, according to a document released last month through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency violated government ethics rules by using her government position to endorse a product she developed for a company she founded, an internal Defense Department probe found.
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.