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Centralized Digital System for FOIA Requests

The president should instruct the E-Government Administrator to implement a centralized digital system for Freedom of Information Act requests that interacts with each agency's FOIA office. Such a system could find and manage requests more efficiently and reduce the duplication of requests, since many requests, as well as any released documents, could be made publicly available through each agency’s online reading room. While not all requests are appropriate for publication, the default for a modern FOIA request should be both digital and public, with support for paper-based or non-public requests still available. The system might used a 30- or 60-day waiting period before making FOIA requests and the disclosed records more broadly available to requestors.

 

- From the 21st Century RTK Agenda

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