Freedom of information (71 - 80 of 88 items)
Protest of Air Force Contract Awards in Federal Republic of Germany
B-201068: Published: Nov 18, 1980. Publicly Released: Nov 18, 1980.
A firm protested all contract awards made by the Air Force in a European contracting region during fiscal year 1980 for the acquisition of fire and security devices and related installation and maintenance services. The firm also requested GAO assistance in obtaining information from the Air Force under the Freedom of Information Act. An interested party may protest the award or a proposed award o...
Systematic Review for Declassification of National Security Information--Do Benefits Exceed Costs?
LCD-81-3: Published: Oct 15, 1980. Publicly Released: Oct 15, 1980.
A review was undertaken of the systematic declassification review program provided for in Executive Order 12065. Under Executive Order 12065, the National Archives and Records Service (NARS) is required to review all classified records considered to be of permanent value as they become 20 years old to determine if they can be declassified. One exception is foreign government information, which mus...
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...
Central Intelligence Agency's Handling of Mandatory Review Requests Under Executive Order 12065
LCD-80-51: Published: Apr 11, 1980. Publicly Released: Apr 11, 1980.
A brief summary and analysis were provided of the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) handling of mandatory review requests under Executive Order 12065. The Order provides for the establishment of a mandatory review procedure to handle requests by the public, Government employees, or an agency, to declassify and release information. Each agency is to have a designated office to which the requests...
Routine Disclosure of Broadcaster Financial Records
111721: Mar 4, 1980
A bill has been proposed which would amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to collect certain financial information from commercial broadcast station licensees and to make such information available for public inspection. A GAO report issued in August 1979 recommended that a public inquiry be made to evaluate the arguments for and against finan...
H.R. 6410, the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980
111525: Feb 7, 1980
Proposed legislation, H.R. 6410, would create a central office in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) responsible for setting Government-wide information policies and for providing oversight for the agencies' information management activities. The activities covered by the bill include reports clearance and paperwork control, statistics, privacy, automatic data processing, telecommunications...
An Informed Public Assures That Federal Agencies Will Better Comply With Freedom of Information/Privacy Laws
LCD-80-8: Published: Oct 24, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 8, 1979.
GAO was requested to analyze data on litigation arising from laws governing disclosure of and access to public records. Congress intended that the open Government laws it enacted or strengthened would rely on citizen enforcement to ensure effective compliance. Data on the implications of the growing court case load, the extent to which agencies prevailed on the issues litigated in court, and the e...
Assistance in Obtaining Information for Mrs. Donna Darr Concerning Her Husband, AF Capt. Darr, Who Was Reported Missing in December 1972
LCD-79-121: Published: Jun 26, 1979. Publicly Released: Jun 26, 1979.
Air Force Captain Charles E. Darr was reported missing after his plane was shot down over Hanoi on December 21, 1972 and his wife requested Department of Defense documents related to the matter. Some documents were denied her and the documents that were provided had some parts deleted. A review by GAO of the 16 documents involved showed that the 11 denied documents contained uncorrelated materials...
Impact of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts on Law Enforcement Agencies
GGD-78-108: Published: Nov 15, 1978. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 1978.
In the past 5 years, the Congress has enacted legislation to control and provide public access to the vast amount of information collected, maintained, and disseminated by the Federal Government. The Congress intended this legislation to provide openness in Government activities and to protect individual privacy.Federal and local law enforcement officials say that the Freedom of Information Act (F...
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....