Written byDavid Stegon
The federal government launched a new portal Monday aimed at expanding public access to information requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
The National Archives, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Commerce partnerned to develop the system, called FOIAonline, formerly known as the FOIA Module.
FOIAonline offers the public one place to submit FOIA requests, track their progress, communicate with the processing agency, search other requests, access previously released responsive documents and file appeals with participating agencies
For agencies, FOIAonline provides a secure website to receive and store requests, assign and process requests, post responses, generate metrics, manage records electronically, create management reports and electronically generate the annual report required from each agency by FOIA.