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Freedom of Information Act: Processing Trends Show Importance of Improvement Plans
GAO-07-441: Published: Mar 30, 2007. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2007.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) establishes that federal agencies must provide access to their information, enabling the public to learn about government operations and decisions. To help ensure proper implementation, the act requires that agencies report annually to the Attorney General, giving specific information about their FOIA operations, such as numbers of requests received and proces...
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...
Homeland Security: Information Sharing Responsibilities, Challenges, and Key Management Issues
GAO-03-715T: Published: May 8, 2003. Publicly Released: May 8, 2003.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the Department of Homeland Security, brought together 22 diverse organizations to help prevent terrorist attacks in the United States, reduce the vulnerability of the United States to terrorist attacks, and minimize damage and assist in recovery from attacks that do occur. To accomplish this mission, the act established specific homeland security re...
Privacy Act: Federal Agencies' Implementation Can Be Improved
GGD-86-107: Published: Aug 22, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 4, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined federal agencies' implementation of the Privacy Act of 1974, which protects personal privacy. GAO specifically examined: (1) the roles of agency Privacy Act officers; and (2) agencies' adherence to the act's provisions and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines.GAO found that: (1) approaches to implementing the act's regulations varied...
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...
Data on Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act Provided by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
LCD-78-119: Published: Jun 16, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1978.
In response to a congressional inquiry, information was obtained about 13 federal agencies' implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act. Since few agencies maintained detailed records on the cost of implementing the two acts or the types of requesters, this information was generally provided by some combination of facts, estimates, and projections, and the accuracy of the...