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.
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
Glossary of FOIA related terms
See Also: Sunshine Week Resources
Hat Tip and Thanks: Nancy Scola at techPresident.com