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2 FOIA Update 1 (1980-1981)

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Vol. II No. 1
Fall 1980

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Information Law and Policy


          FOT UPDATE

  Records Management Then-An unknown photographer captured these Treasury Department employees at sea in agency records in the year
1914. The Archives preserved the photo and is using.it as the capstone of its current exhibit, Stars and Gripes Forever; the Lighter Side of the
Bureaucracy. The exhibit runs through January. Today the Archives offers assistance in records management to federal agencies.

NARS Guides Agencies in

  FOIA has resulted in some gen-
eral improvements in records controls
and management . . . It has also en-
couraged elimination of unnecessary
records from the files.
  ... FOIA requests have, in some
cases, resulted in a better and more
complete record...
  Several . . . components reported
qualitative improvement in records
management efficiency and systems
accuracy through improved indexes

  These comments reflected in a


  FOIA cost-benefit analysis conducted
  by the Office of Information Law and
  Policy illustrate the benefits that a
  number of agencies find since the
  enactment of the Freedom of Infor-
  mation Act. Life after FOIA, agencies
  say, often results in placing priority
  on both current methods of record
  management and long range planning
  for record storage and disposition.
    The General Services Administra-
  tion's National Archives and Records
  Service (NARS), now headed by Ar-
  chivist of the United States Robert M.

Papersc ape
  Warner, offers various consulting
  services to those awash in the Wash-
  ington paperscape:
    0 The Office of Records and In-
  formation Management, headed by
  John J. Landers, assists federal agen-
  cies by on-the-spot consulting on the
  development of forms and other ma-
  terial, by establishing systems for the
  efficient use of records, and by of-
  fering a series of training seminars.
  (See a schedule of training courses
  listed on page 8.)
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