NARA: Cheers for a National FOIA Portal

NARA: Cheers for a National FOIA Portal. “Almost five and a half years ago we at OGIS recommended to Congress that the development of a governmentwide FOIA web portal could improve public access to government information. Now, thanks to ongoing collaboration between the Office of Management and Budget (OMB and the Office of Information Policy at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and 18F, the digital services agency within the General Services Administration, we are closer than ever to having a National FOIA Portal.”

NARA: National Archives provides special access to records for veterans impacted by Hurricane Harvey

NARA: National Archives provides special access to records for veterans impacted by Hurricane Harvey. “While flooding and damage caused by Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate Houston, Texas and other Gulf Coast communities, the National Personnel Records Center is providing special help to veterans impacted by the storm.”

ACLU: ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Deaths in Custody

ACLU: ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Deaths in Custody. “Immigration and Customs Enforcement recently asked the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA), which instructs federal agencies on how to maintain records, to approve its timetable for retaining or destroying records related to its detention operations. This may seem like a run-of-the-mill government request for record-keeping efficiency. It isn’t. An entire paper trail for a system rife with human rights and constitutional abuses is at stake.”

National Archives: National Archives Begins Online Release of JFK Assassination Records

National Archives: National Archives Begins Online Release of JFK Assassination Records. “Today at 8 a.m., the National Archives released a group of documents (the first of several expected releases), along with 17 audio files, previously withheld in accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. The materials released today are available online only. Access to the original paper records will occur at a future date.”

The Daily Beast: CIA Plans to Destroy Some of Its Old Leak Files

The Daily Beast: CIA Plans to Destroy Some of Its Old Leak Files. “The CIA is scheduled to begin destroying old records related to leaks of classified information in August unless critics convince the National Archives to scuttle the plan. The National Archives and Records Administration tentatively approved a CIA proposal to get rid of several types of records after 30 years. Along with leak-tied files, the record types include medical records, behavioral conduct files, security clearance information, personality files with counterintelligence interests, workers-compensation reports for employees posted overseas, and declassification and referral files.”

NARA: National Archives and Library of Congress Join PDF Association

NARA: National Archives and Library of Congress Join PDF Association. “Today, the National Archives and the Library of Congress announced joining the PDF Association , which promotes adoption of international standards for portable document format technology, as partner organizations. Both federal agencies collect, and produce, numerous documents as PDFs.”

PBS Newshour: National Archives tells White House to save all of Trump’s tweets, even ones deleted or corrected

PBS Newshour: National Archives tells White House to save all of Trump’s tweets, even ones deleted or corrected. “The National Archives and Records Administration has told the White House to keep each of President Donald Trump’s tweets, even those he deletes or corrects, and the White House has agreed. The head of the archives, David S. Ferriero, told two Democratic senators in a letter last week that the White House has assured him it’s saving all Trump’s Twitter blasts.”