Information management (51 - 60 of 182 items)
Information Management: Acquisition of the Electronics Records Archives Is Progressing
GAO-05-802: Published: Jul 15, 2005. Publicly Released: Jul 15, 2005.
Since 2001, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been working to acquire the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) system. In August 2004, NARA awarded two contracts to design the ERA system. The agency plans to select one of the resulting designs for the development of the system in August 2005. Conference Report 108-792 directed GAO to report on ERA's costs, schedule, and perf...
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...
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...
Information Management: Planning for the Electronic Records Archives Has Improved
GAO-04-927: Published: Sep 23, 2004. Publicly Released: Sep 23, 2004.
Since 2001, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has been working to develop the policies and plans to build the Electronic Records Archives (ERA), a major information system that is intended to preserve and provide access to massive volumes of all types and formats of electronic records. Senate Report 108-146 directed GAO to provide a progress report on NARA's development of th...
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...
Information Management: Selected Agencies' Handling of Personal Information
GAO-02-1058: Published: Sep 30, 2002. Publicly Released: Oct 30, 2002.
To obtain government services, members of the public must often provide agencies with personal information, which includes both identifying information (such as name or Social Security number, which can be used to locate to identify someone) and nonidentifying information (such as age or gender). GAO was asked to review agencies' handling of the personal information they collect and whether this h...
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: Challenges in Managing and Preserving Electronic Records
GAO-02-586: Published: Jun 17, 2002. Publicly Released: Jun 17, 2002.
Agencies are increasingly moving to an electronic environment rather than paper records. Because electronic records provide comprehensive documentation of essential government functions and provide information necessary to protect government and citizen interests, their proper management is essential. Further, the preservation of significant documents and other records is crucial for the historica...
Information Management: Dissemination of Technical Reports
GAO-01-490: Published: May 18, 2001. Publicly Released: Jun 19, 2001.
This report reviews the Department of Commerce's National Technical Information Service (NTIS), which is a permanent repository and principal disseminator of scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information. NTIS acquires research reports primarily from federal agencies and their contractors and grantees as well as from international sources. GAO discusses (1) the various funct...
Information Management: Electronic Dissemination of Government Publications
GAO-01-428: Published: Mar 30, 2001. Publicly Released: Mar 30, 2001.
Electronic dissemination of government documents can reduce distribution costs and make government information more usable and accessible. However, the transition to a paperless environment will require that several challenges be overcome. Transferring the depository library program to the Library of Congress entails both advantages and disadvantages. In studies done in 1993 and 1994, the Library...