Is there an over-classification problem?

Between 1980 and 2011 1.49 Billion pages were declassified (Automatic, Systematic and Discretionary, Declassification Review).  However, the number of pages of classified government documents that were declassified, as well as the number reviewed for declassification declined from last year.  In fact, 2011 saw the lowest number of declassified documents since

AINS holds 2012 FOIAXpress Users Group Conference

AINS, Inc., held its 2012 FOIAXpress Users Group Conference in downtown Washington D.C.  FOIAXpress is a software system produced by AINS, Inc. that automates compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act. Over 200 government FOIA professionals from over 50 government agencies attended the FOIAXpess conference which

Thinking critically about the proposed FOIA portal

Recently, there has been a lot of hype surrounding EPA’s proposed FOIA portal, but with little apparent critical analysis of the as-yet-to-be developed solution.   What are the facts? What do we really know? First of all, the EPA is spending taxpayer dollars to develop software that is already available in the

Two FOI Bills in Consideration by South Carolina Legislature

The South Carolina House is considering two bills that could change the way South Carolina citizens get information from police and their local and state governments. Freedom of Information Act experts are in favor of the first bill, the “FOI Bill”, which would reduce administrative and copying cost for records