Policy and legal experts say informal guidance can be helpful to agency stakeholders and others but acknowledged instances where the documents have become stand-ins for the official rulemaking process.
Orders tell federal agencies they must treat guidance documents as not legally binding, compile them into searchable databases within 120 days.
For going on 20 years, Congress and the public have read with a mixture of horror and fascination the reports coming out of the inspectors general, first for Iraq and then for Afghanistan reconstruction.
The director of the Office of Government Information Services at the National Archives and Records Administration shares her tips for filing a successful information request in an era of backlogs and appeals.
President Obama has made openness and transparency a cornerstone of his administration. And a new office whose genesis was in the Bush Administration is expected to help federal agencies fulfill that goal. FederalNewsRadio’s Max Cacas…