Freedom of information (11 - 20 of 23 items)
Freedom of Information Act: Preliminary Analysis of Processing Trends Shows Importance of Improvement Plans
GAO-06-1022T: Published: Jul 26, 2006. Publicly Released: Jul 26, 2006.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) establishes that federal agencies must provide the public with access to government information, thus enabling them to learn about government operations and decisions. To help ensure appropriate implementation, the act requires that agencies report annually to the Attorney General, providing specific information about their FOIA operations. In addition, a rece...
Social Security Administration: Disclosure Policy for Law Enforcement Allows Information Sharing, but SSA Needs to Ensure Consistent Application
GAO-03-919: Published: Sep 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2003.
Law enforcement agencies' efforts to investigate the events of September 11th increased awareness that federal agencies collect and maintain personal information on individuals such as name, social security number, and date of birth that could be useful to law enforcement. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is one of the country's primary custodians of personal information. Although the Priv...
Electricity Restructuring: Action Needed to Address Emerging Gaps in Federal Information Collection
GAO-03-586: Published: Jun 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2003.
The ongoing transition (or restructuring) of electricity markets from regulated monopolies to competitive markets is one of the largest single industrial reorganizations in the history of the world. While information is becoming more critical for understanding how well restructuring is working, there are troubling indications that some market participants deliberately misreported information to ma...
[Comments on Laws' Applicability to NAS]
B-281390: Published: Nov 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 1998.
GAO commented on several questions pertaining to the National Academy of Sciences, focusing on whether: (1) the Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 1997 are applicable to the subgroups of the Academy (National Research Council, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine); (2) the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is applicable to the Academy, its subgroups or their advisor...
Federal Records: Removal of Agency Documents by Senior Officials Upon Leaving Office
GGD-89-91: Published: Jul 25, 1989. Publicly Released: Sep 12, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO surveyed 13 cabinet-level departments to assess the extent to which they governed senior officials' removal of federal records upon leaving office.GAO found that: (1) various federal and criminal laws applied to officials' removal of materials, depending on their qualification as records under each law's or the individual agency's definition; (2) those laws...
Freedom of Information: Cost of Collecting and Processing Fees
GGD-87-58FS: Published: Apr 7, 1987. Publicly Released: May 11, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO determined federal agency costs for collecting and processing fees charged to citizens who request documents under the Freedom of Information Act.GAO found that: (1) the act requires that agencies not charge requesters when the cost of collecting and processing the fee is equal to or greater than the fee itself; (2) cost estimates ranged from negligible...
Freedom of Information Act: Noncompliance With Affirmative Disclosure Provisions
GGD-86-68: Published: Apr 15, 1986. Publicly Released: May 22, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO evaluated federal agencies' compliance with the affirmative disclosure provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, which require that federal agencies make available certain information on their organizations, operations, and regulations.GAO found that: (1) in 13 instances, agencies did not publish or keep current information on their central and field...
Department of Energy's Activities To Limit Distribution of Certain Unclassified Scientific and Technical Information
RCED-84-129: Published: Mar 30, 1984. Publicly Released: Apr 30, 1984.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined policies and practices used by the Department of Energy (DOE) to limit the distribution of certain unclassified information. GAO: (1) determined the rationale and legal authority for limiting the distribution of unclassified information; (2) examined DOE program guidance for limiting information dissemination; (3) reviewed controls used by DOE to p...
Update on Previous GAO Findings, Observations, and Recommendations Concerning the Freedom of Information Act
LCD-80-103: Published: Aug 13, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 22, 1980.
Several questions were asked regarding selected previous GAO findings concerning the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Previously, GAO stated that the reasons citizens were not exercisng their FOIA rights as had been expected may have been due to disinterest or a lack of awareness of the Act and how it can be used. While the Act was generally effective for meeting congressional policy on openess...
Government Field Offices Should Better Implement the Freedom of Information Act
LCD-78-120: Published: Jul 25, 1978. Publicly Released: Aug 7, 1978.
The Freedom of Information Act provides the basic authority and procedure for the public to obtain documents and records from the Federal Government.The act has given citizens access to records not previously available. Although it is being used mostly by businesses and law firms for purposes not contemplated by the Congress, any attempt to regulate such use could also restrict use by the public....