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FOIA News: ICYMI, DOJ publishes summary of Chief FOIA Officer reports

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

SUMMARY AND ASSESSMENT OF AGENCY 2015 CHIEF FOIA OFFICER REPORTS NOW AVAILABLE

By Office of Information Policy, July 22, 2015


Since 2010, agency Chief FOIA Officers have submitted to the Department of Justice an annual report detailing all of their agency’s efforts in implementing President Obama’s and Attorney General Holder’s FOIA Memoranda. These Chief FOIA Officer Reports have served as a valuable resource for agencies to describe the various initiatives undertaken to improve their administration of the FOIA.  With the completion of agencies’ 2015 Chief FOIA Officer Reports this past Sunshine Week, today OIP releases its summary and assessment of these reports and the progress made in implementing Attorney General Holder’s 2009 FOIA Guidelines.

Similar to last year, this year’s summary is broken down into five parts detailing the efforts of agencies in each of the five key areas from Attorney General Holder’s 2009 FOIA Guidelines:

Applying the Presumption of Openness,
Having Effective Systems for Responding to Requests,
Making Information Available Proactively,
Utilizing Technology, and
Reducing Backlogs and Improving Timeliness.

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