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July 4, 2015 was the 49th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the law that embodies the Federal Government’s commitment to public accountability through transparency.
Today, as part of its Open Government Initiative, the Administration is launching pilots at seven agencies to test the feasibility of publishing online the records released to individual requesters under the FOIA. These pilots will explore ways to increase government transparency and give citizens more information about government decisions and policies.
The U.S. Department of Justice already encourages agencies to publish FOIA responses online when agencies anticipate or receive three or more requests for the information. Expanding that policy to the publishing of FOIA responses after just one request raises implementation challenges and questions. That is why we are launching a six-month pilot program to determine the viability of implementing such a policy for all Federal agencies subject to the FOIA.
The pilots will seek to answer many important questions, including: costs associated with such a policy, effect on staff time required to process requests, effect on interactions with government stakeholders, and the justification for exceptions to such a policy, such as for personal privacy. For privacy reasons, participating agencies will not post online responses to requests in which individuals seek access to information about themselves.
The pilots will take place at the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, as well as within components of the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and National Archives and Records Administration. (Note: the Environmental Protection Agency has been publishing online its FOIA responses since October 2012, and will continue to do so.)
The results of this six-month pilot program will be made available to the public, and we intend to be transparent about the pilots and their implementation by participating agencies. We also invite the public’s feedback as we explore this proposed policy shift, and welcome innovative ideas and suggestions for overcoming the implementation challenges. Comments should be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Information Policy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Open Government Plan 3.0
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Open Government Plan 3.0 Outline with Candidate Flagship Project Description - April 2014
- Periodic Retrospective Reviews of Existing Regulations - Progress Report (Feb 2015) (PDF)(8pp, 200K, About PDF) on EPA's retrospective review plan.
- In summer 2011, EPA released a plan for periodic retrospective reviews of existing regulations, as called for by Executive Order 13563 (PDF) (3 pp, 56 K, About PDF) . To learn more about retrospective reviews, visit our Reg DaRRT website.
- View the 13 page PDF version of the OpenGov Plan V2.0
- For your review, Draft Outline for the 2.0 Plan
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- Information Access Strategy (PDF) (23 pp, 813 K, About PDF)
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- Read and submit a comment on the draft of the "Waters of the United States" guidance
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- Greenversations blog
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- EPA to Chair North America Commission for Environmental Cooperation - Joint partnership among U.S., Canada and Mexico to strengthen cooperation on health and environmental protection
- EPA Announces Partnership for First-Ever Great Lakes Week
- Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program
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- State Energy Efficiency Action Network