FOIAonline is an innovative multi-agency online portal that streamlines the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process under which the public can request access to records at Federal executive branch agencies. If adopted government-wide, the one-stop-shop for FOIA could save as much as $200 million over the next five years.
FOIAonline, which went live on October 1, 2012, is designed to make it easier for the public to use the information their government creates and preserves in the form of records, both traditional and electronic. The portal allows the public to submit FOIA requests to participating Federal agencies, track the status of those requests, and find, view and download FOIA requests and agency responses, all in a secure online environment. For agencies, FOIAonline automates FOIA processing and annual reporting, which the FOIA statute itself requires annually to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on a range of FOIA metrics, including response times and the use of exemptions to withhold information.
The portal link is: http://FOIAonline.regulations.gov.
The six Federal agencies that are partnering on the project are the Departments of Commerce (DOC) and Treasury (Treasury); the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); the Federal Labor Relations Board (FLRB); and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).