This memorandum identifies procedures to organize and categorize information and make it searchable across agencies to improve public access and dissemination, discusses using the Federal Enterprise Architecture Data Reference Model (DRM), and reminds agencies of the breadth of their existing responsibilities primarily related to information access and dissemination, including under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and the E-Government Act of 2002. Dated December 16, 2005.
On December 14, 2005, the President issued Executive Order 13392, “Improving Agency Disclosure of Information.” In the order, the President directed agencies to ensure citizen-centered and results-oriented Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) operations. This memorandum highlights actions required of agencies by the Executive Order and provides contact information if your agency has questions about the order. Dated December 30, 2005.
Follow-up memo to M-06-04, “Implementation of the President’s Executive Order ‘Improving Agency Disclosure of Information’”. In that memorandum, the Deputy Director summarized the Order’s requirements and highlighted its upcoming deadlines for agency action. Dated April 13, 2006.
Office of Management and Budget memo that establishes a framework to help institutionalize the principles of effective information management at each stage of the information's life cycle to promote interoperability and openness. Dated May 9, 2013.
The goal of this Memorandum is to help both program and statistical agencies and components (including evaluation and analysis units) use administrative data more fully in a manner that respects privacy and protects confidentiality. Specifically, this guidance will help program agencies manage their administrative data with statistical purposes in mind. Dated February 14, 2014.
One of the principal improvements in the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 was the requirement to create a central, online request portal that allows a member of the public to submit a request for records under the FOIA to any Federal agency from a single website. This memorandum provides instructions for agencies' Chief FOIA Officers on actions that agencies must take to ensure interoperability with the National FOIA Portal. Dated February 12, 2019.
On October 2, 1996, the President signed into law the "Electronic Freedom of Information Act
Amendments of 1996" (Pub. L. 104-231). On April 7, 1997, I issued guidance (OMB Memorandum M97-10) on Section 11, which requires each agency to issue reference material or a guide for requesting
records or information from the agency. The purpose of this memorandum is to rescind M-97-10 and
reissue this guidance. Dated April 23, 1998.
As part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information collected
and disseminated by the Federal Government, OMB is issuing revised Standards and Guidelines for Statistical Surveys. Dated September 22, 2006.