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DOJ 2016 Litigation and Compliance Report

“Yesterday OIP posted the Department’s 2016 Litigation and Compliance Report. In accordance with the FOIA, the Department submitted this Report to Congress and the President detailing our efforts to encourage agency compliance with the FOIA, as well as a listing of all FOIA litigation cases received and decided in the prior calendar year. The report highlights the many ways that OIP works to provide guidance, trainings and counseling to promote agency accountability with the FOIA. New policy guidance issued by OIP is also summarized in the report, which for 2016 includes:

The Report also discusses a range of efforts by OIP to promote agency accountability with the FOIA, including through the review and assessment of agencies’  2016 Chief FOIA Officer Reports and Fiscal Year 2015 Annual FOIA Reports, and the creation of new reporting guidelines for agency 2017 Chief FOIA Officer Reports. As detailed in the 2016 Report, in addition to direct one-on-one counseling, OIP hosted and facilitated numerous training programs and briefings on the FOIA, providing instruction to over 2,100 FOIA professionals across the government. The Report also summarizes the many resources that OIP makes available online, such as the DOJ Guide to the FOIA, searchable summaries of court decisions, and information about FOIA news and events published in the FOIA Post blog.”

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