Can you give 5 minutes for FOIA Online?
February 14, 2013 4 Comments
The “FOIA Online” site, which OGIS, EPA, and the Department of Commerce launched last fall as a web-based aggregation of FOIA requests and responses, is designed for agencies, requesters, and the general public. So far, six agencies are participating. Ultimately, though, we want each of the hundred federal agencies to provide FOIA requests and responses to the collection, to fulfill its potential.
Thus, we are asking you to pick an agency below, ask them a few questions and report the answers to us. It should take you 5 minutes.
We are gathering the answers. Our hope is to boost awareness and participation.
It may help to describe FOIA Online briefly before asking the following questions, e.g., “FOIA Online is a system to let the public and agencies view and process FOIA requests online.”
1. Is [the agency] familiar with FOIA Online?
2. If so: Is [the agency] committed to being on FOIA Online within the next year?
3. What factors contributed to [the agency’s] decision?
We will keep track in the tables below. To volunteer to contact an agency, email us at FOIAsurvey@sunshineingovernment.org. You may wish to contact the FOIA Public Liaison or the Chief FOIA Officer; FOIA.gov has posted a list of agencies’ FOIA personnel contact information (see the link below the buttons on that page for the full agency list).
Thank you for your interest and support. Stay tuned for further updates.
|RESPONDED (Agencies from which we have responses)|
|Department or Agency||Familiar with FOIA Online?||Committed to joining FOIA Online?||What factors contributed to agency’s decision?|
|Environmental Protection Agency||Yes||Joined|
|Department of Commerce (all but PTO)||Yes||Joined (PTO scheduled to join)|
|Department of Treasury (some offices)||Yes||Joined (in part)|
|National Archives and Records Administration||Yes||Joined|
|Federal Labor Relations Authority||Yes||Joined|
|Merit Systems Protection Board||Yes||Joined|
|Dept. of Health & Human Services||Yes||No||Have some FOIA features on agency website already|
|Dept. of Transportation||Yes||No||Studying FOIAonline; one office has specialized FOIA-processing needs|
|Dept. of Veterans Affairs||Yes||No||Ongoing contractual obligation for at least one year|
|Agency for International Development||No||No||Just learned of program|
|Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency||No||(no response yet)||Just learned of program|
|Equal Employment Opportunity Commission||Yes||No||Cost|
|Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation||Yes||No||Existing contract for electronic/online FOIA services|
|Federal Trade Commission||Yes||No||Transition would be costly; happy with existing system|
|General Services Administration||Yes||Can’t say yet||Further research required|
|National Aeronautics and Space Administration||Yes||Can’t say||Declined to discuss ongoing budget/policy process|
|Nuclear Regulatory Commission||Yes||No||Still researching FOIAonline|
|Office of Management and Budget||Yes||No||Cost|
|Office of the Director of National Intelligence||Yes||No||Not going to switch soon|
|Small Business Administration||Yes||No||Just set up new system|
|Tennessee Valley Authority||Yes||Can’t say yet||Learned about it only recently|
|United States Postal Service||No||No||Have some FOIA features on agency website already|
|PENDING RESPONSE (Agencies someone has already offered to contact)|
|Departments||Agriculture, Defense, Education, Energy, Homeland Security, HUD, Interior, Justice, Labor, State|
|Agencies||CIA, CPSC, FCC, FRB, NLRB, NSF, NTSB, OPM, PBGC, SEC, SSA|
|TO BE CALLED (Agencies we need someone to contact)|
|ACUS – Administrative Conference of the United States
ABMC – American Battle Monuments Commission
Amtrak – Amtrak
AFRH – Armed Forces Retirement Home
BBG – Broadcasting Board of GovernorsCSHIB – Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
CCR – Commission on Civil Rights
CPPBSD – Committee for Purchase from People who are Blind or Severely Disabled
CFTC – Commodity Futures Trading Commission
CFPB – Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
CIGIE – Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency
OSTP – Office of Science and Technology Policy
FEC – Federal Election Commission
FMCS – Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
IAF – Inter-American Foundation
NEA – National Endowment for the Arts
OGE – Office of Government Ethics
PRC – Postal Regulatory Commission
SIGIR – Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction
USITC – United States International Trade Commission