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The Black Vault 03 May, 2017 / in Freedom of Information Act / Research Tools, Government “The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that records or portions of them are protected from public disclosure based upon one of nine exemptions. The FOIA encourages accountability through transparency.
Within the Department of Labor (DOL), day-to-day FOIA operations are largely decentralized. The Chief FOIA Officer and Office of Information Services (OIS) are within DOL’s Office of the Solicitor (SOL) and provide overall guidance and department-level administration of FOIA. However, individual DOL component agencies continue to be responsible for directly answering FOIA requests and providing requesters with documents from their agency. Each agency has the flexibility to design a FOIA program that meets its needs, while adhering to the provisions of the statute and DOL’s implementing FOIA regulations. Most agencies have delegated their disclosure responsibilities to officials at the Office Director or Division Chief level in the National Office, as well as to their regional offices. Others have delegated their field FOIA responsibilities to district or area offices while some small agencies handle all of their FOIA requests centrally in Washington, DC. When requests involve particularly sensitive matters or involve records maintained by multiple agency components, the Office of the Solicitor may make a consolidated response on behalf of the Department.
Internal FOIA Desk Reference Guide, September 2010 [21 Pages, 2.9MB] http://www.theblackvault.com/documentarchive/department-of-labor-internal-foia-desk-reference-guide-september-2010/