Freedom of information (11 - 20 of 20 items)
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: 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...
Electricity Restructuring: Action Needed to Address Emerging Gaps in Federal Information Collection
GAO-03-586: Published: Jun 30, 2003. Publicly Released: Jul 30, 2003.
The ongoing transition (or restructuring) of electricity markets from regulated monopolies to competitive markets is one of the largest single industrial reorganizations in the history of the world. While information is becoming more critical for understanding how well restructuring is working, there are troubling indications that some market participants deliberately misreported information to ma...
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...
Arms Exports: Licensing Reviews for Exporting Military Items Can Be Improved
NSIAD-87-211: Published: Sep 9, 1987. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1987.
In response to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the Department of State's Office of Munition Control's (OMC) arms export licensing activities and procedures and identified actions OMC took to cope with its increased work load.GAO found that OMC: (1) approved about 90 percent of the license applications it acted on; (2) acted on 80 percent in less than a month; and (3) did not routinely check...
Guidance Needed If Better Freedom of Information Act Cost Reports Are Desired
GGD-83-71: Published: Jun 22, 1983. Publicly Released: Jul 22, 1983.
In response to a congressional request, GAO conducted a study of the cost of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), particularly indirect costs such as the costs of litigation, document review, policymaking, training, and other properly allocable costs.Although GAO identified over $61 million in annual FOIA costs, its study showed that FOIA costs cannot be measured with precision due to an absence...
Access to Certain Consulting Service Contract Information
PLRD-82-21: Published: Dec 2, 1981. Publicly Released: Dec 2, 1981.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO studied Federal agencies' implementation of a reporting requirement on consulting services. GAO answered four questions pertaining to consulting service contracts and the public's access to information about these contracts.The four areas presented for GAO review were: (1) how a citizen can obtain information on Government spending for consultants; (2) wha...
Routine Disclosure of Broadcaster Financial Records
111721: Mar 4, 1980
A bill has been proposed which would amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to collect certain financial information from commercial broadcast station licensees and to make such information available for public inspection. A GAO report issued in August 1979 recommended that a public inquiry be made to evaluate the arguments for and against finan...
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...