The House Oversight Committee Wednesday approved a bill that would require agencies presume information requested by the public be open unless proven otherwise. The measure, which was passed out of committee by voice vote would make it easier for the public to request and receive government information, lawmakers say.
The Rosemary Award, established in 2005 by the National Security Archive – a Washington, D.C.-based independent watchdog group located at George Washington University – is intended to "highlight the lowlights of government secrecy."
At issue is the Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques, which uses behavior detection officers to detect passenger behaviors that may be indicative of stress, fear or deception.
The Justice Department rolled out new education courses aimed at training the federal workforce on how to properly handle Freedom of Information Act requests, says a March 13 DOJ statement.
Agencies are struggling to properly implement the Freedom of Information Act and release information to the public when it's requested, says a March 10 report from the Center for Effective Government.
A former National Archives and Records Administration official spoke out in support of a new bill that would strengthen Freedom of Information Act protections.
POGO's 2015 "Baker's Dozen" includes areas for legislative reform as well as issues that would benefit from improved oversight.
The National Security Agency recently released more than a decade's worth of intelligence collection reports that may have violated U.S. law or policy, according to s everal news organizations.
Freedom of Information Act reform is dead for this Congressional session. As House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) closed the last meeting of the 113th Congress, the FOIA bill was nowhere to be found despite pleas from both sides of the aisle. The Senate last week passed updated bipartisan FOIA legislation and urged House lawmakers to pass the bill before the current session ends.
For much of her career in government service, Miriam Nisbet has been on the cutting edge of the intersection of digital technology and the Freedom of Information Act. But more than 35 years after she began government service in 1978, Nisbet will leave her post as the government's top FOIA ombudsman at the end of November to take a break and pursue a career in the private sector.