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March 12, 2007

Oh No! Goverment Agencies Do Not Comply with Web FOIA Requirements

The Washington Post has an article that highlights the--shock of shock--lack of compliance with FOIA requirements on government agency web sites.  According to a report issued by the National Security Archive, a research institute affiliated with George Washington University and not the government (cute name, by the way), only 1 in 5 government web sites publish all the required records electronically, and only 6% actually give instructions to the public on how to request the missing material.  Only 1 in four agencies give a FOIA request form online.

The best sites for compliance are the Departments of Justice, Education, the FTC, NASA, and the NLRB.  The worst identified are the Air Force, the Departments of Defense, Interior, Labor, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the SBA, the Transportation Security Administration, the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

The Post story on the report is here, the general web site for the report is here, and the report itself is here.  Who wants to bet that a year from now a similar audit will find the same or worse?

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