On a the heels of Sunshine Week, a new study from the Government Accountability Office points to a variety of examples where agencies could improve compliance with their own ethics programs and shed light on basic information about executive branch political appointees.
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.
The Freedom of Information Act has been the law of the land for 50 years, but former government officials say the landmark transparency bill doesn’t empower agency offices to reduce their huge information request backlogs.
18F released a draft RFQ and a draft of the agency’s transparency policy it plans to include for its agile BPA. The announcement was made on the second day of Sunshine Week, which highlights the importance of open government.
The Justice Department wants federal employees to understand their responsibilities when it comes to the Freedom of Information Act. As Sunshine Week is set to begin next week, DoJ is reinforcing that concept through a set of new instructions and training. Melanie Pustay is the director of the Office of Information Policy in the Justice Department. She tells executive editor Jason Miller about what she’s doing to broaden understanding 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.
The FOIA Act of 2014 would amend the Freedom of Information Act in 12 ways. It calls for the online portal and requires more oversight by agency inspectors general. But some agency FOIA officers say the bill only would improve the information disclosure process minimally.
Not every agency is responding the President’s call for transparency – a call that was highlighted in a memorandum signed on President Obama’s first day in office.