Freedom of Information

Digitize archival records responsive to FOIA

Would you like to see archival records that are responsive to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request be automatically digitized and made available through the National Archives Catalog?

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    While I think this is a good idea in theory, I think there are technical/process issues that pose challenges. First, from my (limited) understanding, the system that is used to track or redact doesn't have a way to push digital images/objects out so it wouldn't be an automatic process (unless, build it and they will come?!) Secondly, I think the work process has to be examined. While entire folders are reviewed, you only scanned in documents (pages?) that were being redacted (my memory of my FOIA rotation is a little bit cloudy) so you could end up with lots of onesies and twosies. Then you have to tackle the description bit of it. It would definitely be an interesting idea to tackle.