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The White House, Executive Order 13392, Improving Agency Disclosure of Information (Dec. 14, 2005) (full-text).


In this Executive Order, the President directed agencies to ensure citizen-centered and results-oriented FOIA operations. The executive order requires the head of each agency to —

  • designate a Chief FOIA Officer at the Assistant Secretary level or equivalent;
  • establish agency FOIA Service Centers to enable a FOIA requester to seek information concerning the status of a FOIA request and appropriate information about the agency's FOIA response;
  • designate one or more FOIA Public Liaisons (FOIA Public Liaisons will serve as supervisory officials to whom a FOIA requester can raise concerns about the service the FOIA requester has received from the FOIA Service Center, following an initial response from the Center staff);
  • conduct a review of the agency's FOIA operations and draft a plan for improvement with concrete milestones for fiscal year (FY) 2006 and FY 2007; and
  • include, in its annual FOIA report to the Department of Justice for FY 2006 and FY 2007, information on the agency's performance in meeting the milestones of its FOIA improvement plan.

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