The government received yet another record-breaking volume of Freedom of Information Act requests last year, but a handful of agencies, year after year, continue to receive the majority of those requests.
Agencies receive more Freedom of Information Act requests now than ever before. But their workforces haven’t kept up with the growing demand.
Several federal agencies are struggling to keep up with a growing number of freedom of information requests, especially as fewer documents and officials’ schedules are taken offline.
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.
Accountability, leadership support, strategic intent, and a sense of urgency are what one FOIA leader said are the keys to a successful information office.