Freedom of information (11 - 19 of 19 items)
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...
Information Management: Update on Implementation of the 1996 Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments
GAO-02-493: Published: Aug 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Aug 30, 2002.
The 1966 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) established the public's right of access to government information, on the basis of openness and accountability. The 1996 Electronic Freedom of Information Act (e-FOIA) Amendments extended these principles to include electronic access to information. Under the act, the Department of Justice provides implementing guidance to agencies. In addition, agencies...
Information Management: Progress in Implementing the 1996 Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments
GAO-01-378: Published: Mar 16, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 16, 2001.
The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments, known as e-FOIA, require federal agencies to make certain types of information available for public inspection. GAO reviewed 25 federal agencies and found that they have implemented many of the e-FOIA provisions. However, agencies have not made all required documents electronically available. Furthermore, the Department of Justice and other fed...
[Comments on Laws' Applicability to NAS]
B-281390: Published: Nov 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Nov 24, 1998.
GAO commented on several questions pertaining to the National Academy of Sciences, focusing on whether: (1) the Federal Advisory Committee Act Amendments of 1997 are applicable to the subgroups of the Academy (National Research Council, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine); (2) the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is applicable to the Academy, its subgroups or their advisor...
Environmental Information: Agencywide Policies and Procedures Are Needed for EPA's Information Dissemination
RCED-98-245: Published: Sep 24, 1998. Publicly Released: Sep 24, 1998.
Pursuant to a legislative mandate, GAO determined the status of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to: (1) provide communities with risk information on toxic chemical releases in their areas; (2) make the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act's (EPCRA) chemical inventory information publicly accessible; and (3) develop policies, procedures, and standards for dissemina...
SEC: EDGAR Information Dissemination
IMTEC-92-86R: Published: Sep 30, 1992. Publicly Released: Oct 2, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System (EDGAR), focusing on whether: (1) public access to EDGAR data was consistent with applicable laws; and (2) an interested group's expressed concerns regarding EDGAR cost and access showed a full and accurate understanding of SEC plans for public...
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...
Federal Agency Compliance with Indexing and Publishing Requirements of the Freedom of Information Act
B-173761: Published: Oct 12, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 4, 1984.
GAO responded to a letter from the Chairman, Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure, Committee on the Judiciary, requesting various information regarding an overdue study of Federal agency compliance with the indexing and publishing requirements of the Freedom of Information Act...
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...