• Top senator urges Trump to rescind congressional oversight policy, calling it ‘nonsense’

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) blasted a recent opinion from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which urges executive branches to respond only to inquires from congressional committee chairman. Some Cabinet-level secretaries have said they would not abide by the OLC policy.

  • Jon Smibert: Rewarded for a steady career with the Justice Department

    After facing death threats and decades of institutional corruption, Jon Smibert has worked steadily on behalf of the Justice Department to help revise the laws and judicial practices of the former communist Albania. Smibert, a finalist in the 2017 Service to America Medals program in the national security and international affairs category, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about his work.

  • Federal managers working on ‘culture change’ for cross-component data sharing

    The Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Counterterrorism Center are two federal components balancing opportunities and limitations on big data.

  • National FOIA Portal will reduce work on both sides of federal information requests

    The National FOIA Portal will offer a one-stop-shop for people requesting information from any of the federal agencies, and will also serve as a guide for pointing requesters toward information that is already public — thus eliminating extra work for FOIA offices.

  • First round of email records reporting holds mirror to agencies’ management practices

    Agencies were scored for how easy it is to find and use email records, established email policies, and employee training. Agencies were also scored on whether there is a low, medium or high risk of not managing email effectively.

  • Presidential nominees cannot serve as acting leaders, Supreme Court rules

    The Supreme Court ruling doesn’t necessarily invalidate all the actions and decisions made by Beth Cobert and other leaders to whom this applies. It does, however, open them up to challenges.

  • Agency FOIA offices to get self-help tool from DOJ

    Federal Freedom of Information Act offices saw a record number of information requests in fiscal 2016, an accomplishment that highlights the need to be able to efficiently and effectively serve stakeholder and citizens.

  • FY18 budget cuts could slice into civilian agency programs, personnel

    The Trump administration’s plan to reduce non-defense discretionary spending by 10 percent means civilian agencies will need to look at programs and personnel, not just for this year, but for the long-term. Some fiscal observers says it’s time to consider budget process reform.

  • Michael Bourke: U.S. Marshals battling child offenders and human trafficking

    One of the missions for the U.S. Marshals Service is called the Interdiction for the Protection of Children. The program deals with human trafficking and child sex offenders. Dr. Michael Bourke, chief psychologist of the U.S. Marshals spoke about the program with Eric White on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Melanie Pustay: How 2016 FOIA changes affect federal agencies

    Several revisions to the Freedom of Information Act were passed in June 2016  that may have been shadowed by the election season. Melanie Pustay, director of the information policy office at the Justice Department, told Federal Drive with Tom Temin what those changes mean for FOIA officers and anyone working with federal records.