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  • News: DHS Launches eFOIA App

    Submit a FOIA request anytime, anywhere

    I am pleased to announce the release of a new mobile application to further simplify and enhance the process for submitting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The Department of Homeland Security is committed to transparency and accountability and the eFOIA app is the latest in a series of efforts that the DHS Privacy Office has taken to help modernize FOIA processes and improve the customer experience. In fact, this is the first FOIA mobile app in the entire Federal Government.

    Using their mobile devices, requesters can now submit requests and check the status of existing requests anyplace, anytime.

    Key features of the new eFOIA app will allow users to:
    • Submit a FOIA request to any DHS Component
    • Check the status of FOIA requests
    • Access all of the content on the FOIA website, including the FOIA Library
    • Receive updates, changes to events--such as stakeholder meetings/conference calls held by the Department, and recently published documents

    DHS receives the largest number of FOIA requests of any federal agency, and produces the largest number of responses. We are continually working to improve our FOIA program by deploying advanced technology both for submitting and processing requests. These efforts include an improved online FOIA submission form, as well as a recently launched online check status capability.

    As a result of these efforts, we are starting to see a steady reduction in the FOIA backlog. Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2015, DHS has reduced its FOIA backlog by 20 percent, from 103,480 to 82,324 as of July 1, 2015.

    The DHS Privacy Office created the eFOIA app in partnership with the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer.


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