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Based on the principles of openness and accountability in government, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires federal agencies to give the public access to government records and information.
The number of FOIA requests increased over 30% from fiscal year 2012 to 2018.
3 federal agencies—the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the Bureau of Prisons—spent over $50 million in FY 2018 on warehouses, many of which contain property (like vehicles, furniture, and computers).
Federal agencies are increasingly using cloud computing services. Cloud computing offers benefits but also poses cybersecurity risks. OMB requires agencies to use the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program to authorize their use of cloud services.