The Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy believes fiscal 2018 will mark yet another record year for the volume of new Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the public.
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.
Faced with an unprecedented volume of Freedom of Information Act requests, top agency FOIA officials say automation could help ease the burden of their strained workforces.
Despite receiving an unprecedented volume of Freedom of Information Act requests last year, agencies processed more requests than they received, and made a dent in the overall FOIA backlog.
In today’s Federal Newscast, Senator John McCain said Gina Haspell will have to explain her involvement in the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program before he’ll vote for her confirmation.
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.
”We can’t just put a smiley face on everything and say it’s good,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who led two days of hearings on agencies’ attempts to fulfill Freedom of Information Act requests. He vowed to push reform legislation through Congress.
On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.
Attorney Lynne Bernabei examines a recent ruling that allows feds to file some MSPB appeals in district courts. GAO’s Michele Mackin describes why more than 40 contracts worth more than $20 million each were awarded without meeting new guidelines. Former White House official Dan Chenok discusses the highs and lows of the E-Government Act. Melanie Ann Pustay of the Justice Department talks about how agencies report their Freedom of Information Act request fulfillment.