Privacy law (1 - 10 of 11 items)
Freedom of Information Act: Office of Government Information Services Has Begun Implementing Its Responsibilities, but Further Actions Are Needed
GAO-13-650: Published: Sep 10, 2013. Publicly Released: Sep 10, 2013.
Since its establishment in 2009, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) has provided comments on proposed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations for 18 of 99 federal agencies that administer FOIA, as well as a number of Privacy Act system of records notices. While OGIS has suggested improvements to a number of those regulations and notices, it has not performed the reviews of...
Social Security Administration: Disclosure Policy for Law Enforcement Allows Information Sharing, but SSA Needs to Ensure Consistent Application
GAO-03-919: Published: Sep 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Sep 30, 2003.
Law enforcement agencies' efforts to investigate the events of September 11th increased awareness that federal agencies collect and maintain personal information on individuals such as name, social security number, and date of birth that could be useful to law enforcement. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is one of the country's primary custodians of personal information. Although the Priv...
Freedom of Information: Release of Service Members' Addresses to a Political Campaign Committee
NSIAD-86-61: Published: Feb 21, 1986. Publicly Released: Feb 21, 1986.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether a Reagan-Bush Campaign Committee request for the names and official business addresses of military personnel was processed according to Department of Defense (DOD) policy and regulations.GAO found that: (1) the requested names and addresses were compiled before the office responsible for controlling information requests became involved; (2)...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Data on Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act Provided by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
LCD-78-119: Published: Jun 16, 1978. Publicly Released: Jun 16, 1978.
In response to a congressional inquiry, information was obtained about 13 federal agencies' implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act. Since few agencies maintained detailed records on the cost of implementing the two acts or the types of requesters, this information was generally provided by some combination of facts, estimates, and projections, and the accuracy of the...
Federal Bureau of Investigation's Handling and Responsiveness to Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Requests
105692: Apr 10, 1978
Because of increasing requests for information under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts, there was a need for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to improve its organizational structure and processing procedures. Improvements have been made in processing requests and responsiveness to requesters, but further changes are needed. A project to eliminate the backlog of requests within 1...