Showing 7 ideas for tag "foia"

Department of Energy

Electronic Document Storage

Create a policy whereby all non-classified generated work is stored and revised using a document control service. All documents (doc, xls, pdf, etc.) would have tags for quick searching and text documents may be indexed as well. Work that is not available via FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) would be available (searchable) for Government use. When employees leave, travel, or telecommute. all documents would be available.... more »

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General Services Administration

Centralized FOIA Mail Unit

My idea is to create a bureau within GSA to handle all FOIA referrals. If you are unfamilar with the FOIA process, a referral is when one agency decides that it has no sensitivies in the document however, before it can be released, it should be sent to a different agency that may object to the release of certain material. An example of this at DoS is we receive a request for documents pertaining to an individual's visa... more »

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Department of Energy

Make Plans and Specifications Available to the Public

Agencies declare their intentions to introduce or revise programs in the Federal Register. Yet they do not have to publish drawings and specifications for construction or fabrication of real and personal property. This often causes problems because agencies rarely involve the public unless required by local authorities, putting off feedback from a concerned public only after execution, when the construction or fabrication... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Electronic FOIA Records Submission

My idea is to create a secure shared space (either online via SharePoint or through use of DHS Common Drives) for Regional POCs to place Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) responsive documents when responding from a Region to a HQ request.

I work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Region 10 and our FOIA requests come to us from FEMA’s FOIA office at Headquarters in DC. We compile the responsive documents... more »

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Department of the Interior

Mandate a FOIA Course for Every Federal Employee

Currently every federal employee is required to take an easy on-line course on the Whistleblower Protection Act. A similar on-line course on the Freedom of Information Act also should be required of every federal employee---perhaps in combination with the Whistleblower Protection Act course.

Far too many federal employees see and experience waste, fraude, and abuse regularly. And many others suspect it, but don't know... more »

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

ADAMS Entries

Hundreds of hours are spent entering documents that few people, if any look at. I know we have to be transparent, but the public, in general, doesn't need to or care to read all the forms and letters that we currently have to submit to document an operator license exam. Those with any interest can FOIA the information, if necessary.

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Department of Transportation

Too much Paper So little Time

I can think of more than a few ways we could reduce paper in our work environment with regard to FOIA. I believe I would make one or two copies instead of making four copies of the FOIA responses or as you said, "send it via email" to the appropriate parties. However, I notice when I view edits it makes more sense to see it when it's tangible when you can sit and discuss your changes and edits.

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