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FOIA News: FBI tests eFOIA portal, good government groups take issue with ID requirement

FOIA News (2015-16)Kevin SchmidtComment

FBI tests eFOIA portal, good government groups take issue with ID requirement

By Chris Nehls, Fierce Government, Dec. 10, 2015

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is testing a new online form to streamline Freedom of Information Act requests for documents that it previously processed in paper format. While the bureau says the new electronic system will boost its efficiency, government watchdogs say added requirements may prove to be counterproductive.

Currently in beta testing, the FBI plans to implement a full rollout of its eFOIA web portal in several months. The new online process will give citizens an alternative to mailing, faxing or emailing requests for documents.

Users, however, will be required to attach an image of a government-issued form of identification and will be limited to one request per day.

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