The National Security Archive published Mixed Signals, Mixed Results: How President Bush’s Executive Order on FOIA Failed to Deliver. The briefing claims that two years later, the FOI Executive Order still hasn’t produced all that is promised. The FOI system did improve customer service at federal agencies, but has failed to make progress on backlogs and improved compliance with electronic FOIA requirements.
“Many of the same old scofflaw agencies are still shirking their responsibilities to the public,” said Tom Blanton, director of the Archive. “I’m reminded of how many psychiatrists it takes to change a light bulb — only one, but the light bulb has to really want to change.”