In my four years as a Freedom of Information Act attorney at the Department of Energy, I have noticed a lot of instances where documents are shared between agencies in order to obtain the respective agency's view on the releasability of the documents in question. In addition, the same request is often sent to multiple agencies in an effort to obtain similar information. I think it would save a considerable amount of time and money if a federal database were created to share documents electonically between agencies and track requests for documents. This would enable an expedient and efficient way for Agencies to correspond when responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.
Idea No. 255