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DHS Proposes Rule on FOIA – Comment Period Open

DHS recently proposed a rule on Freedom of Information Act regulations and concluded that "this rule does not impose additional costs on the public or the government.” I take exception to the fact that DHS has not been able...

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Problems Continue with FOIA Backlog at DHS

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives individuals the right to access information from the federal government; however, some agencies are doing a better job at responding to requests than others. I am currently part...

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After TSA Airport Failures, Security Versus the Economy

The recent DHS Inspector General test of TSA airport screening processes revealed a 95% failure rate. To improve, tradeoffs will have to be made, and they all have costs. How much the failure rate changes will depend on how...

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Inconsistent Wait Time Data from DHS

DHS needs a uniform policy across all components on disseminating high quality, objective data that provides utility to all who use it. The data needs to be transparent and reproducible. With regards to the collecting and posting of wait...

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Fixing the TSA FOIA Request Backlog with Risk Taking

There were about 160,000 unanswered FOIA requests in 2014, with the Department of Homeland Security accounting for 65%. The federal government has a culture of risk aversion, but there are four reasons why taking a smart risk in answering...

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