Melanie Pustay

  • New DoJ training reinforces the shared responsibility of FOIA

    Melanie Pustay, the director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department, said the tools and e-learning modules are focused on everyone from new employees to senior executives. DoJ rolled out the new education concepts ahead of Sunshine Week, which promotes open government.

  • Obama administration looks to standardize agencies’ FOIA regulations

    Amid a Congressional push to add new teeth to the 1966 Freedom of Information Act, federal officials insist they are taking steps on their own to make sure agencies release information to the public. Among the efforts is a move to standardize agency rules around FOIA and create a single Web portal for FOIA requests.

  • FOIA backlog grows even as agencies process more requests

    Agencies dedicated more money and personnel to FOIA processing in 2011, but requests grew even faster.

  • Federal Drive interviews — Aug. 15

    Melanie Pustay of the Justice Department discusses FOIA requests. Tim Burke talks about GSA’s City Pairs Program. Booz Allen Hamilton’s Michael Isman reviews the benefits of BYOD. The Hill’s Jeremy Herb offers his take on the Republicans’ vice presidential candidate.

  • incentivizes agency disclosure

    The Justice Department has launched a new website that shines light on your agency’s performance under the Freedom of Information Act.

  • Progress in Federal FOIA requests, but room for improvement

    Agencies are meeting the White House’s mandate to be more open and transparent when it comes to releasing documents and meeting Freedom of Information Act requests.

  • Agencies opening up slowly under FOIA mandate

    The Justice Department’s new report finds that the number of partial documents released last year increased by 50,000. Many agencies also reduced their backlog of FOIA requests. Agencies say some of improvements can be attributed to increased attention across the government and better technology.