A group of federal agencies on Monday unveiled a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request portal that they hope will greatly improve the processing of FOIA requests.
Located at FOIAonline, the new portal is a pilot project jointly developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Commerce Department, and the National Archives and Records Administration. In addition to the Commerce, EPA, and NARA, two other federal agencies, the Merit Systems Protection Board and the Federal Labor Relations Authority, have signed up to use the system to process FOIA requests.
The developers of the system are hoping that more federal agencies will start using the system once they see its benefits in action.
- FOIA portal opens to public
- New website will make government information easier to obtain
- Watchdogs give multi-agency FOIA portal good initial reviews
Some thoughts about FOIAonline from our friends at Sunshine in Government, and a nice graphic from our friends at OpenTheGovernment.org.