Nearly half of all federal agencies have not updated their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations since President Barack Obama took office, despite pledges by the president and Attorney General Eric Holder to modernize and improve government transparency efforts.
An audit by the National Security Archive found 50 out of 101 federal agencies have not updated their FOIA regulations since the passage of the OPEN Government Act of 2007, which mandated agencies retool their FOIA offices, including fee structures and reporting.
Additionally, 55 agencies have not updated their FOIA regulations since Holder directed them in a March 2009 FOIA memorandum to remove “unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles” and operate under a presumption of disclosure.
The numbers are a slight improvement over last year’s NSA audit, which found that 56 agencies had not updated their FOIA regulations since 2007.
The Federal Trade Commission holds the record for most-ancient FOIA regulations. The agency has not updated them since 1975.