The Federal Government Of The United States Essay

1187 Words Dec 7th, 2015 5 Pages
Introduction One of the many ways by which the federal government of the United States offers transparency to taxpayers is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Established in 1967, this Act was designed to “keep citizens in the know about their government.” (United States Department of Justice, “What is FOIA?”, n.d.) Sadly, many American citizens are unaware that they can request any information from a federal agency as long as such disclosure does not fall under the nine exempted categories. Information that is not already publicly available can be requested under the FOIA and federal agencies must provide it. The implications of the FOIA are many; however, due to the high percentage of research in America that is funded by the federal government, the Act affects researchers in a profound way. Serving as the leader of the research enterprise at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Vice Provost for Research (VPR) has established a Committee focused on preparing faculty to respond appropriately to FOIA requests. As a member of this Committee, I have been charged with providing the VPR with a discussion of the essential elements of the FOIA and I do so in this report.
Discussion
During my time as a Contracting Officer at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), I have received and responded to several requests for redacted proposals to allow the sponsoring agency to fulfill a request made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). These FOIA…

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