OMB issues A-130 revisions
- By William Matthews
- Apr 17, 2000
In the midst of a lawsuit (Public Citizen v. Lew) to force federal agencies
to make public information more readily available to the public, the Office
of Management and Budget has issued revisions to its Circular A-130, which
details how agencies should manage their information systems.
But a preliminary review of the revisions suggest they don't go as far
as had been hoped, said Patrice McDermott, a lawyer for OMB Watch, a public
policy advocacy organization.
For example, A-130 regulations were supposed to be made consistent with
the Electronic Freedom of Information Act, which requires, among other things,
that agencies provide the public with information on where to find records.
But the OMB's proposed A-130 revisions would require agencies only to provide
a catalog of information they have, not a roadmap showing where to find
it, McDermott said.
The revisions were required because parts of A-130 are in conflict with
other laws, including the Paperwork Reduction Act and the Clinger-Cohen