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Freedom of Information Act: DHS Has Taken Steps to Enhance Its Program, but Opportunities Exist to Improve Efficiency and Cost-Effectiveness
GAO-09-260: Published: Mar 20, 2009. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 2009.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires federal agencies to generally provide the public with access to government information. In December 2005, the President issued Executive Order 13392, to improve agencies' FOIA processing. The order required each agency to review its operations and develop plans for improvement. Since its establishment, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has acc...
Information Management: Freedom of Information Act Fee and Fee Waiver Processing at the Department of Energy
GAO-05-405: Published: May 27, 2005. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2005.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives the public the right to access information about the federal government. In addressing requests for information, agencies have the authority to assess fees for certain categories of requesters to cover the costs of locating and copying records, as well as discretion to waive fees if specific criteria are met. GAO was asked to determine, for fiscal year 2...
Aviation Safety: Better Guidance and Training Needed on Providing Files on Pilots' Background Information
GAO-02-722: Published: Aug 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2002.
The Pilot Records Improvement Act, enacted on October 9, 1996, responded to seven fatal commercial air carrier accidents that were attributed, in part, to errors by pilots who had been hired without background checks. The act, which took effect on February 6, 1997, requires air carriers, before making final hiring decisions, to obtain information for the past 5 years on a pilot applicant's perform...
Freedom of Information Act: Agency Reading Rooms
GGD-89-84BR: Published: May 31, 1989. Publicly Released: Jul 6, 1989.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO determined: (1) whether agencies maintained reading rooms to make Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) materials available for public inspection and copying; (2) how agencies notified the public of the existence of reading rooms; and (3) whether reading rooms contained material other than required FOIA documents.GAO found that: (1) FOIA does not require agenci...
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...
The Reagan-Bush Transition Team's Activities at Six Selected Agencies
GGD-82-17: Published: Jan 28, 1982. Publicly Released: Feb 26, 1982.
Pursuant to a congressional committee request, GAO reviewed the activities of the Reagan-Bush transition team at six federal agencies which fall within the committee's jurisdiction. GAO was directed to: (1) identify and assess the adequacy of transition guidelines and procedures followed by the agencies; (2) examine the activities of the transition team and the information requested and received b...
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...
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....
GSA's Draft Report on Freedom of Information Act Indexing and Publishing Practices
LCD-78-126B: Published: Jul 31, 1978. Publicly Released: Jul 31, 1978.
A General Services Administration (GSA) study of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) indexing and publishing practices in Federal Agencies was monitored. The report recommended that the oversight responsibility of the Department of Justice should be clarified and that either it or another appropriate agency should be assigned certain responsibilities; however, this recommendation had no addresse...