• Surge in information requests, hiring freeze puts pressure on overburdened FOIA offices

    Freedom of information advocates say the recent uptick in FOIA requests is due to a combination of current events and interest in the presidential transition. But the growing interest does mean an additional burden on already short-staffed FOIA offices.

  • Cloud gives agencies a leg up in FOIA deluge

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency each put their respective Freedom of Information Act systems in a private-sector cloud. HUD said it’s saving as much as 25 percent a year as compared to its in-house system. OCC said it’s answering requests more quickly and effectively.