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2013 Chief FOIA Officer's Report

We are pleased to demonstrate in this fourth annual Chief FOIA Officer report that DOT has made strong progress in reducing backlogs, making proactive disclosures, applying the presumption of openness, ensuring that DOT has effective systems in place to respond to FOIA requests, and using technology to increase the timeliness of our disclosures.

FOIA Log Policy (2008)

The purpose of this memorandum is to resolve a discrepancy that exists between a DOT decision on the Michael Ravnitzky FOIA appeal (FOIA File Nos. FY2002-230 and 2006-244) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) guidelines, affecting the processing of FOIA requests that seek copies of FOIA case logs. Such requests are received on a recurring basis, and FOIA Officers and FOIA Attorneys within the Department have questioned whether they should adhere to the reasoning reflected in the Ravnitzky decision, or follow DOJ guidelines, when processing the requests.
We have therefore further reviewed the issue and resolved it in favor of the DOJ position.

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