FOIA report card shows federal agencies missing the mark

Federal agencies are still mostly failing to live up to the promise of the Freedom of Information Act, according to the annual report of watchdog group Center for Effective Government.

The report looked at how well agencies were setting and abiding by disclosure rules, hosting "user friendly" FOIA request web services, and processing requests according to established timelines. The Department of Agriculture was the top performer, earning an overall grade of 'B' in the report, while the State Department was at the bottom, getting an 'F' — largely because of its failure to process FOIA requests.

The report also noted that some agencies maintain outdated FOIA regulations. Eight of the 15 rated agencies posted improvement in their online FOIA services, including the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. Continue>>>