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Accession Number PB2012-114036
Title Freedom of Information Act: Additional Actions Can Strengthen Agency Efforts to Improve Management.
Publication Date Jul 2012
Media Count 71p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract The major components of the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, and Health and Human Services have taken a variety of actions to improve management of their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) programs. To reduce their backlogs of outstanding requests, agencies have taken actions that include regularly reporting to management, mobilizing extra resources, and streamlining procedures for responding to requests. These actions have had mixed results. For example, since 2009, 10 of the 16 agency components in GAO's study succeeded in decreasing their backlogs, 2 had no material change, and the remaining 4 had larger backlogs. The agencies have also taken actions to reduce their use of exemptions--provisions of FOIA that allow agencies to withhold certain types of information. Agencies actions to reduce their use of exemptions included training, reviews, and guidance. While 7 components reduced the rate at which they applied exemptions, 3 stayed about the same, and 6 had an increase.
Keywords Federal agencies
Freedom of Information Act
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Government information
Information access
Information disclosure
Information management
Management planning and control
Records management

Source Agency General Accounting Office
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
70F - Public Administration & Government
Corporate Author Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1226
Contract Number N/A

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