Monday, March 12, 2007

Government Sites Aren't FOIA-Friendly

Study Finds Most Agencies Fall Short of Transparency Mandate

In 1996, Congress intended to keep government ahead of the curve by amending the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to require that agencies put more public information on their Web sites. Posting important and most-requested records online, the theory went, would burn through a raft of hard-copy FOIA requests, save money and eliminate waiting time.

According to the National Security Archive, the government is dragging its feet. This is just a small part of a larger battle about government transparency that is currently raging in the United States.

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