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Information Management: Update on Freedom of Information Act Implementation Status
GAO-04-257: Published: Feb 18, 2004. Publicly Released: Feb 23, 2004.
Based on principles of openness and accountability in government, 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 ensure appropriate implementation of FOIA, Congress requires that agencies report annually to the Attorney General informatio...
Freedom of Information Act: Agency Views on Changes Resulting from New Administration Policy
GAO-03-981: Published: Sep 3, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 15, 2003.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is based on principles of openness and accountability in government. FOIA establishes that federal agencies must provide the public with access to government information, unless the information falls into one of nine specifically exempted categories (for example, certain information compiled for law enforcement purposes). However, agencies can use their discre...
[Comments on Majestic 12 Material]
154832: Jul 28, 1995
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO examined agencies' views on the authenticity of Majestic 12, allegedly a classified government document explaining the crash of a disc-shaped aircraft near Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947. GAO noted that: (1) the Information Security Oversight Office, the Air Force, and the National Archives stated that their knowledge of Majestic 12 was limited to written...
FDA's FOIA Fees
GGD-93-47R: Published: Jun 10, 1993. Publicly Released: Jun 10, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) retention of fees for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) information request processing, focusing on whether FDA has shortened its processing time for FOIA requests since 1990. GAO found that: (1) although the overall time FDA needed to process FOIA requests has increased by about 19 percent si...
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 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: Fee Waiver Practices at the FBI
GGD-87-73BR: Published: Jun 3, 1987. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) fee waiver practices at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to: (1) identify and describe the procedures and standards FBI used in making fee waiver decisions; and (2) provide information on the application of procedures and standards to specific fee waiver requests.GAO reviewed fee waiver requests from Ja...
[Question Concerning FOIA Request]
B-173761: Published: Aug 20, 1985. Publicly Released: Aug 20, 1985.
No summary is currently available...
Release of General Accounting Office Draft Reports by Other Federal Agencies Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act
B-173761: Published: Feb 15, 1979. Publicly Released: May 6, 1985.
No summary is currently available...
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...