Meeting the Challenges of FOIA

By law, all federal agencies are required to respond to a FOIA request within 20 business days, unless there are “unusual circumstances.”

The number of requests per year has continued to rise over the past decade, with 858,952 requests in FY 2019 alone, according to the DOJ. Along with this rise in requests, comes an increase in data to search through. So not only are more requests coming in, there is a larger data landscape to sift through in order to find relevant documents.

Many agencies are still trying to meet these challenges with manual processes and off-the-shelf software combinations (such as Outlook, Excel, and Adobe). As data volumes and request volumes continue to grow, this becomes a daunting task at best, even if there were an increase in personnel. This is where technology specifically designed to manage large datasets and quickly find responsive documents can make life much easier for FOIA officers.

Download the whitepaper to hear what techniques, tools and methodologies seasoned FOIA professionals are leveraging to meet the challenges of today’s FOIA requests.

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