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Documents in FOIA Requests Must Be ‘Searchable,’ Federal Judge Rules

Law Technology News – “The federal government must provide documents “in a usable format” when it responds to Freedom of Information Act requests, a federal judge in Manhattan has ruled. Southern District of New York Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, after faulting the government for offering “a lame excuse” for delivering non-searchable documents, ruled for the first time that federal agencies must turn over documents that include “metadata,” which allows them to be searched and indexed.”

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FOIA dispute mediator opens doors

Federal Computer Week – “A new government office designed to help resolve disputes that involve the roughly 600,000 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that agencies get each year is considering how to use information technology to help it serve as a governmentwide “FOIA Ombudsman.”(via)

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FOIA Wrapup

from the FOIA Blog.

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Senators, AP seek more public info, fewer secrets

AP – “Too many agencies are still holding their secrets close nine months after President Barack Obama ordered the federal government to open the flow of information to the public, advocates of access said Wednesday.”

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Issues for the 111th Congress

A CRS report

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