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Freedom of Information Act: Department of Labor Can Improve Management of Its Program
GAO-16-248: Published: Jun 2, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 30, 2016.
Responsibilities for managing and processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are handled by the Department of Labor's (DOL) 23 component offices. Within one of these components, the Office of Information Services (OIS) functions as the department's central FOIA office and has agency-wide responsibility for managing the program; however, the department has not updated its FOIA regulation...
Freedom of Information Act: DHS Should Take Steps to Improve Cost Reporting and Eliminate Duplicate Processing
GAO-15-82: Published: Nov 19, 2014. Publicly Released: Nov 19, 2014.
The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) processing responsibilities are split between the department's Privacy Office, which acts as its central FOIA office, and FOIA offices in its component agencies. The Privacy Office has a number of oversight and coordination functions, including developing policies to implement FOIA initiatives, providing training, and pr...
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...
Freedom of Information Act: Agencies Are Making Progress in Reducing Backlog, but Additional Guidance Is Needed
GAO-08-344: Published: Mar 14, 2008. Publicly Released: Apr 14, 2008.
Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), federal agencies must generally 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 on their processing of FOIA requests. For fiscal year 2006, agencies were also to report on their progres...
Information Management: Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act
GAO-05-648T: Published: May 11, 2005. Publicly Released: May 11, 2005.
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. GAO has reported pr...
Indian Issues: Timeliness of the Tribal Recognition Process Has Improved, but It Will Take Years to Clear the Existing Backlog of Petitions
GAO-05-347T: Published: Feb 10, 2005. Publicly Released: Feb 10, 2005.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) regulatory process for recognizing tribes was established in 1978. The process requires groups that are petitioning for recognition to submit evidence that they meet certain criteria--basically that the petitioner has continuously existed as an Indian tribe since historic times. Critics of the process claim that it produces inconsistent decisions and takes too l...
Banks' Securities Activities: Oversight Differs Depending on Activity and Regulator
GGD-95-214: Published: Sep 21, 1995. Publicly Released: Sep 26, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed federal bank regulators' oversight of banks' securities activities, focusing on the: (1) extent to which banks provide securities brokerage services; (2) how those services are regulated; (3) results of Federal Reserve inspections of bank holding company subsidiaries authorized to underwrite and deal in securities; and (4) Federal Deposit Insurance...
Freedom of Information Act: State Department Request Processing
GGD-89-23: Published: Jan 23, 1989. Publicly Released: Mar 8, 1989.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined the Department of State's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request processing operations.GAO found that State: (1) received 7,567 FOIA requests from 1985 through 1987; (2) took longer than 6 months to complete three-fourths of the requests; (3) reported a backlog of 3,700 requests; (4) recognized that its limited staff could not keep up with th...
Inspectors General: Compliance With Professional Standards by the EPA Inspector General
AFMD-86-43: Published: Sep 30, 1986. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 1986.
GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to determine whether OIG: (1) audit functions complied with Comptroller General and President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency (PCIE) standards; and (2) investigation function satisfactorily complied with PCIE quality and professional standards.GAO found that: (1) OIG satisfactorily complied with 20 of...
Freedom of Information Act Operations at Six Department of Justice Units
GGD-83-64: Published: May 23, 1983. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 1983.
GAO was asked to review certain aspects of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) operations at selected Department of Justice headquarters units, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation.GAO found that responses to FOIA requests by these units took longer than the 10-day response time required by the act. Without completely automating or centralizing records or making responses to FOIA reques...