Home / News / Report: Agencies Use Cloud Tech to Reduce FOIA Backlog

Report: Agencies Use Cloud Tech to Reduce FOIA Backlog

Cloud-ComputingFederal agencies have been using cloud-computing technologies to help process Freedom of Information Act requests, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller said migration-as-a-solution is growing in popularity as most departments want a virtual environment that can systematically load, find and process documents such as automatic redaction.

At the Federal Housing Finance Agency, there has been a deluge of requests brought on by a housing crisis but Miller reports the backlog has decreased since the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s 2011 switch to a cloud-based system.

“When we went to the cloud, the biggest thing we noticed was improved performance in our system so people weren’t waiting to get documents loaded and doing searches for documents,” said Edith Pemberton, manager of information management and customer relations with FHFA.

She told Federal News Radio the move saved about a quarter of the annual support costs HUD spent to operate and maintain the former system.

The requests are also increasing in complexity, said Frank Vance, a FOIA officer at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in the Treasury Department.

“We are going through our information systems and scanning them and I’m seeing now requests that encompass 45,000 pieces paper, and it’s mind-blowing what people are asking for,” Frank Vance, a FOIA officer at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in the Treasury Department, told Federal News Radio.

Check Also

DARPA Launches Program Seeking High Performance Computing for Military Simulators

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency launched a new program to improve how virtual training environments replicate real-world interactions and host more complex systems. DARPA unveiled Monday that the Digital RF Battlespace Emulator program intends to build a new breed of High Performance Computing capable of supporting advanced radio frequency for simulators. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *