DOJ Issues Guidances on FOIA Backlogs and Reading Room Requirements

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on June 27, 2008

  • DOJ Office of Information and Privacy – Guidance on Preparing Backlog Reduction Plans (posted 06/27/2008): “This memorandum provides guidance for preparing Backlog Reduction Plans. All agencies with backlogs which have not made progress in reducing those backlogs over the last two years are required to prepare Backlog Reduction Plans by September 8, 2008. Each agency Chief FOIA Officer must, in turn, notify the Department of Justice and OMB by October 6, 2008, that he/she has approved their agency’s Backlog Reduction Plan.”

  • Guidance on Submitting Certification of Agency Compliance with FOIA’s Reading Room Requirements (posted 06/27/2008): “This memorandum provides guidance for providing certification to the Department of Justice and OMB by October 31, 2008 that your agency’s FOIA Reading Room is in compliance with the FOIA. All agency Chief FOIA Officers must provide this certification.”

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