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Strengthening Cooperation between Records Management and FOIA Programs #29

KristenHoney opened this Issue Sep 12, 2017 · 0 comments


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KristenHoney commented Sep 12, 2017

[submitted through Federal interagency process]

Topline Description

Emphasizing the critical importance of good records management in order to sustain an effective FOIA program.

Key Objective(s)

  • Builds relationships and encourages cooperation and coordination between agency FOIA and Records Management personnel
  • Improves public understanding of FOIA and Records Management programs and emerging issues

Paragraph Description

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will ask agencies to answer targeted questions about their FOIA operations in the annual Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA). Cooperation and coordination between FOIA and Records Management programs is a critical component of open government. This cooperation will be encouraged by Including in the RMSA targeted questions about FOIA based on issues identified by the National Archives’ Office of Government Information Services through its ongoing government-wide FOIA dispute resolution and compliance work. Public understanding of ongoing issues in FOIA and records management and the link between the two will be enhanced by sharing NARA’s analysis of the data.

Measurable Metrics

Proposed actions to be completed annually include:

  1. Collect data related to agency FOIA programs from agency RM staff through the annual Records Management Self-Assessment (RMSA);
  2. Publish summary results and analysis of agency responses to FOIA questions; and
  3. Use data received from agencies about FOIA to determine potential FOIA compliance issues government-wide.

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