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Mobile devices create records management headache

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.

NARA explores implications of mobile for records management

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.

Obsolete FOIA regulations persist in federal agencies

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 agencies fail on FOIA scorecard

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.

NARA office wants FOIA personnel involved in procurement

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.

2015 Budget Request: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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.

White House calls for 'bold, ambitious' open government projects

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.

House passes FOIA bill to utilize central portal for requests

The House passed Wednesday a bill that would make it easier to file Freedom of Information Act requests through a centralized portal.

DOJ seeks to withhold FirstNet board member's emails

Federal prosecutors are pushing to prevent emails sent by a FirstNet board member from being released publicly.

Navy reveals methods for dodging FOIA request, launches internal review

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.