Government gets its first FOIA app
July 07, 2015
The Department of Homeland Security released an app that allows users to file FOIA requests straight from their smartphones, a first for the federal government.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
Four major cities have added data to the federal government's Data.gov platform.
San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York all uploaded data to Cities.data.gov, the first endeavor of the G7 (Group of 7) big city chief information officers who are informally collaborating on issues of mutual concern.
Standardized formats are not required to post data to cities.data.gov, but when jurisdictions start to collaborate on shared issues, some standardization will occur in order to maximize the usefulness of the data.
An internal pledge with the full support of the G7 promises that this achievement is just the beginning, according to reports. The seven members of the G7 include Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle.