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.
The Trump administration’s 2020 budget proposal for government spending gives a big boost to the Pentagon and other security-related agencies, while calling for a cut of more than $2.7 trillion in federal civilian spending over the next ten years.
While agencies made a dent in the overall backlog of Freedom of Information Act requests last year, new data from the Justice Department shows a significant number of agencies saw their own backlogs increase.
The Environmental Protection Agency is on track to receive more Freedom of Information Act requests this fiscal year than in the first year of the Trump administration, according to government data.
The Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy launched the first iteration of its National FOIA Portal on Thursday through a redesign of its existing FOIA.gov website.