Transparency in Focus: OIP’s 2023 Litigation and Compliance Report Spotlights DOJ’s Commitment to FOIA

Transparency in Focus: OIP’s 2023 Litigation and Compliance Report Spotlights DOJ’s Commitment to FOIA

The Office of Information Policy (OIP) recently published the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) 2023 FOIA Litigation and Compliance Report.

Aligned with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the annual report serves as a comprehensive overview of OIP’s initiatives to foster agency compliance, providing guidance, training, and counseling.

It also presents a detailed list of FOIA litigation cases received and decided in the preceding calendar year.

Policy Guidance and Increased Engagement: OIP’s 2023 Report Highlights

The 2023 report emphasizes OIP’s issuance of new policy guidance, including the application of a presumption of openness and the foreseeable harm standard.

The document showcases OIP’s commitment to promoting accountability by offering one-on-one counseling calls through the FOIA Counselor Line, reflecting a significant increase from the previous year.

Additionally, the report outlines various training programs and briefings conducted by OIP, reaching over 7,000 registered attendees.

Enhancing Accessibility: OIP’s Efforts in Maintaining the National FOIA Portal

Detailing OIP’s ongoing efforts to maintain and improve the National FOIA Portal on FOIA.gov, the report highlights the launch of the FOIA Search Tool in 2023.

Leveraging machine learning, this tool facilitates the swift and accurate location of commonly requested records, marking the initial phase of a multi-step project.

OIP expresses its commitment to refining the search tool based on user feedback and needs.

Charting Progress: FOIA Litigation Cases and Open Data Formats

In addition to the narrative portion, OIP compiles charts listing FOIA litigation cases received and decided during the reporting year, offering both PDF and open (CSV) formats.

This commitment to transparency underscores OIP’s invitation to agencies and the public to review the 2023 Litigation and Compliance Report.

OIP expresses eagerness to build on these efforts collaboratively, fostering continuous improvement in FOIA administration in the years ahead.

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