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DOJ’s Information Policy Office, GSA’s 18F Unit Partner on FOIA Portal Development

The Justice Department‘s Office of Information Policy has partnered with the General Services Administration‘s 18F digital services group to build a website for processing of Freedom of Information Act requests.

OIP said Wednesday it will gather input from agency personnel and requesters on the creation of a national FOIA portal, as mandated by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.

Interested parties can submit ideas to the OIP by April 28.

Melanie Pustay, director the OIP, told FCW in an interview published Thursday that the organization has secured a $1.3 million budget to establish the site for people to request governmental records from 119 agencies covered by FOIA.

Pustay added her office will establish the portal in an effort to guide visitors toward correct agencies as well as locate and access information they need.

OIP aims to launch an operational version of the FOIA site within the 2017 calendar year.

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