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5 Proven ways to simplify PPR review and accelerate the disclosure process

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | April 16, 2019
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As the number of FOIA and Public Records, requests increase exponentially, the cost for identification, collection, review, and disclosure of the requested information weighs heavy on the Legal and IT departments of these agencies. ZyLAB has enhanced its Gartner #1 rated eDiscovery solution to help…

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Smart redaction and auto-classification for FOIA & Public disclosure requests

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | April 9, 2019
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When it comes to Public Records requests, what I hear most from FOIA and Public Disclosure Officers is how critical it is to "get it out" and "get it right." Our clients are under great pressure to respond to each request by the legal deadline ("Get it out!") while also ensuring that no sensitive…

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Technology resolves the FOIA fees dilemma

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | April 2, 2019
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In 2017, federal agencies processed 800,000 public records requests (PRRs) at a cost of $500 million. Only a very small amount - less than 1% - was recouped in fees.   The federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows for agencies to charge fees for searching and copying records, but not for…

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Why we need machines for open government requests

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | March 28, 2019
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In 2009, President Obama issued a Memorandum in which he reaffirmed his commitment to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and urged agencies to adopt “new technologies” to administer it. While the President did not go as far as to say that without technology open government is no longer an…

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How agencies have upped their game with technology

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | March 26, 2019
0071 - Washington Monument - General Use

  Transparency and open government would clearly be less of an administrative and financial burden if there were fewer public records requests (PRRs). To achieve this goal, agencies have been pro-actively releasing information. One of several examples cited as part of evidence submitted to a…

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Tackling public records requests with technology

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | March 21, 2019
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Responding to a records requests under Open Records acts or the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a multifaceted process. After a federal, state, or local government agency receives a public records request (PRR), personnel must search for and collect records that may be responsive, remove…

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Brussels, Belgium and eDiscovery: more important than ever!

Jan Scholtes
Jan Scholtes | March 20, 2019
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eDiscovery is no longer just an American problem. For decades, eDiscovery has been considered a US problem, but this has all changed. Belgium and Brussels in particular, is slowly becoming the epicenter of European eDiscovery. Main driver is the increasing number of regulatory requests and…

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The quest to make more efficient FOIA/public records disclosures

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | March 19, 2019
0071 - Washington Monument - General Use

U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies have been involved in an ongoing quest to find ways to streamline and improve their efforts in responding to FOIA and public records requests. The journey was spurred on in great part by President Obama’s May 2012 Open Data Policy–Managing…

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Happy National Freedom of Information Day!

Brenda Dodd
Brenda Dodd | March 15, 2019
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Many of you may not know that March 16, 2019 is National Freedom of Information Day, a day honoring President James Madison, the father of the U.S. Constitution and staunch advocate for open records.  It should come as no surprise then that National Freedom of Information Day just so happens to…

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