A Snapshot of FOIA Administration: Examining Recent Trends to Inform Future Research

Posted: 19 Jun 2018

See all articles by Khaldoun Abou Assi

Khaldoun Abou Assi

American University - Department of Public Administration and Policy

Tina Nabatchi

Syracuse University

Date Written: May 13, 2018

Abstract

This article provides a snapshot of the administration of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the U.S. federal government. Specifically, using data from all federal government agencies from 2008 to 2016, the article examines indicators of FOIA caseloads, including requests, exemptions, denials, appeals, and backlogs, and FOIA management capacity, including staff, financial issues, and processing times. The snapshot not only highlights recent trends in the administration of FOIA but also informs future research by identifying areas that deserve additional attention, revealing potential sampling or case identification strategies for empirical work, and shedding light on variables that may have implications for theory building.

Keywords: FOIA, Management, Transparency

Suggested Citation

Abou Assi, Khaldoun and Nabatchi, Tina, A Snapshot of FOIA Administration: Examining Recent Trends to Inform Future Research (May 13, 2018). American University School of Public Affairs Research Paper No. 3199540. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3199540

Khaldoun Abou Assi (Contact Author)

American University - Department of Public Administration and Policy ( email )

4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
United States

Tina Nabatchi

Syracuse University ( email )

900 S. Crouse Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2130
United States

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