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Draft FOIA Business Standards Now Available for Public Comment

The Office of Information Policy (OIP) is seeking public comments on proposed FOIA business standards developed for federal agency FOIA case management systems.  We are seeking input from requesters, commercial vendors, and other interested parties, on the understandability and usefulness of the draft standards, along with any suggested changes.  The goal of the FOIA business standards is to drive efficiency and consistency in FOIA administration.      

As part of the United States Fifth Open Government National Action Plan, the Department committed to leading a Chief FOIA Officer Council working group in collaboration with the Office of Government Information Services at the National Archives and Records Administration, the Office of Shared Services & Performance Improvement at the Government Services Administration, and the Business Standards Council to develop shared FOIA business standards.  The standards are being developed in line with the Federal Integrated Business Framework.  The shared business standards will make it easier for agencies to acquire FOIA technology and, in turn, improve efficiency and consistency in processing requests across the Federal government.

To provide comments, please visit, Document BSC-FOI-2024-0001-0001.  For additional information, and instructions on submitting comments by mail, please see the Federal Register notice from March 18, 2024.  Comments must be submitted by May 17, 2024.

Updated March 21, 2024