Last month, seven federal agencies announced a six-month pilot program that would provide greater public access to documents requested via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Under the new “release to one, release to all” policy, the participating agencies will provide online access to records released to individual requestors. Previously, such records were sent to the requestor, but were not generally posted on agency websites as well. The six-month trial policy for these agencies will help the federal government determine the feasibility of expanding the program to all federal agencies subject to FOIA.
The participating agencies include the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, as well as some components of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the National Archives and Records Administration.