ABSTRACT

Freedom of Information Act: Actions Needed to Improve Agency Compliance with Proactive Disclosure Requirements, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Highlights: "FOIA [Freedom of Information Act], enacted into law more than 50 years ago, requires federal agencies to provide the public with access to government records and information, including through proactive disclosures. FOIA proactive disclosures enhance transparency by ensuring that certain information about the operations and activities of the government is publicly available. GAO [Government Accountability Office] was asked to review federal agencies' efforts to implement FOIA requirements regarding proactive disclosures. This report assesses the extent to which selected agencies (1) aligned their policies and procedures with FOIA requirements, and (2) tracked and reported these disclosures. GAO also assessed the effectiveness of the tools, resources, and oversight provided by DOJ [Department of Justice] and NARA [National Archives and Records Administration] to address known challenges to agencies' FOIA compliance."

Report Number:
GAO-21-254
Publisher:
Date:
2021-03
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/
Format:
pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
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