FOIA


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FOIA

Freedom of Information Act.
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Careful review of an agency's FOIA request backlog could indicate which categories of records should be considered for proactive release in order to reduce the backlog.
Launch an interagency effort that would develop standard requirements for FOIA processing tools to ensure that the tools and their outputs are Section 508-compliant.
Evidence suggests that political appointees at the EPA, including Administrator Scott Pruitts own aides, have involved themselves in the review process for FOIA responses before any documents are released to the public.
Under Scott Pruitt, EPA has been actively working to roll back public health and environmental protections while attempting to hide its collusion with industry behind a shroud of secrecy, including by delaying and obstructing FOIA requests.
On the contrary, the FOIA model has proven deficient in significant respects.
As FOIA was becoming an increasingly vaunted symbol of "the people's right to know" over these past five decades, the amount of national security secret-keeping was only going up and up.
Her extensive experience with FOIA at both the administrative stage and in federal court litigation, knowledge of National Archives and commitment to open government will serve her well in her position as director of OGIS.
However, there is another side to FOIA that contractors should consider when evaluating the new act: contractors can use FOIA to obtain government documents that may support a Contract Disputes Act claim.
The State Department's handling of FOIA requests is under such scrutiny from the courts that I would find it pretty stupid of them to purposely postpone," she said.
It also reveals a cottage industry of companies whose entire business model is to request federal records under FOIA and resell them at a profit, which distorts the transparency system even further.
In hindsight, it now is clear to me that the distraction at the program and contracting offices was attributable to a lack of familiarity with such requests--people simply did not understand what an FOIA request represented or how to handle the request.