May 18, 2021

New U.S. Government Web Site: FOIA.gov Launches

From a U.S. Department of Justice Announcement:

The Department of Justice marked the start of Sunshine Week today with the launch of FOIA.gov, the “flagship initiative” of the department’s Open Government Plan and one of the most significant contributions yet toward making this the most transparent administration in history.

“The Administration’s openness initiatives are central to this President’s approach to governing. Where we can open up the process of governing and enlist our fellow citizens to participate in solving the challenges we face, we’re all going to be better off,” said Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli. “We believe very simply that if we give people the information they seek, they will create a better government.”

FOIA.gov, brings together all the FOIA data collected by the department on behalf of the federal government.

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FOIA.gov was inspired by public feedback gathered during the Open Government dialogues last year. FOIA.gov:

+ Allows the public to easily search, sort and compare data from annual Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reportsm,

+ Offers a plain language explanation of the law,

+ Explains how to submit a request, how requests are processed, and

+ Provides detailed information on where to send a FOIA request.

Here are a few other examples of what’s available on the new web site:

Lists of the Most Recent and Most Popular FOIA Reports

FOIA News/Decisions

Glossary of FOIA related terms

See Also: Sunshine Week Resources

Hat Tip and Thanks: Nancy Scola at techPresident.com

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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