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FOIA News: FOIA Search Survey

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FOIA Search Survey Results and Analysis

Swetha Karent, Nate Jones, and Sean Moulton, Nat'l Sec. Archive, Mar. 31, 2017

The National Security Archive and the Project on Government Oversight developed and circulated an online survey to both FOIA processors and requesters to better understand how agencies search for records requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  The aim of this survey was to establish a foundation of knowledge on how agencies across government complete perhaps the most agency-unique, complicated, and time-consuming aspect of the FOIA process: finding the documents that have been requested under the law.

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