The Participation Blog

FOIA Factoid

In 2022, the U.S. Federal Government received 930,000 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. And that’s just the feds. If you’ve worked in the public sector at any level, I expect you’ve dealt with public information requests and the challenges that they create. There’s a baked in tension between the bureaucracy and the people’s right to know. Most often it’s really not reluctance on the part of the agency, although there are those less than scrupulous few who like to ignore the fact that the public’s business is public. The problem is almost always not enough public servants and resources on an already strained system. But hope springs eternal.