Federal records management (1 - 7 of 7 items)
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...
Views on S. 586, a Bill To Amend the Privacy Act of 1974
B-130441: Published: Jun 11, 1981. Publicly Released: Jun 4, 1985.
Proposed legislation to amend the Privacy Act of 1974 would add several new provisions to the act that would: (1) place limits on the kinds of information agencies provide to requesters; (2) limit the number of Privacy Act requests an individual may make to an agency each year; (3) establish a minimum charge of $10.00 for materials provided to individuals under the act; (4) redefine the law enforc...
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...
State Field Offices Are Not Protecting Social Security Beneficiary Information From Potential Abuse and/or Misuse
HRD-81-151: Published: Sep 30, 1981. Publicly Released: Oct 19, 1981.
GAO reviewed the extent of protection over social security beneficiary information given to the States.GAO found that personal beneficiary data supplied to the States are generally not being adequately protected. For example, data in claimant files are not being controlled by State offices. Access to claimant files by employees in State welfare offices is unlimited and is not on a need-to-know bas...
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...
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....
Administrative Markings by Agencies Not Restricting GAO Access to Government Documents
LCD-78-109: Published: Feb 21, 1978. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1978.
While most Federal agencies use administrative markings and other identification codes to restrict access to Government documents, a poll of GAO operating divisions did not reveal any specific instance where these markings restricted access to documents. This does not preclude the possibility that, in some instances, data were not made available because of a management decision not to release for...