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We Need You: Help Improve FOIA

Screenshot of Google Survey on use of Freedom of Information Act requests (FOIA)

Have you asked for records using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? Have you worked for an agency fulfilling such requests? Either way, we could use your input. The Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and the National Security Archive are hosting a survey to collect input on how FOIA searches are done. Please take 10 minutes to fill out the survey if you have experience with FOIA, and forward it to anyone else you think could help.

The FOIA process can be complicated and contentious as requestors and agencies wrestle with delays, withholdings, redactions, and more. One of the first and most critical steps in processing every request is the search conducted to identify responsive records. Finding a document on your computer or on the internet might seem remarkably simple and straightforward, but searching for records across a federal agency can quickly become problematic.

The FOIA Federal Advisory Committee, which includes members from POGO and the National Security Archive, has recognized the importance of improving the FOIA search process for agencies, and has established a subcommittee dedicated to the issue. The results of this survey will be used to inform their work.

The survey will remain open at least until the end of February.

By: Sean Moulton
Open Government Program Manager, POGO

Photo of Sean Moulton Sean Moulton is the Open Government Program Manager at POGO.

Topics: Open Government

Related Content: Government Secrecy, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Authors: Sean Moulton

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