Armedia Government IT Solutions: HUD and FOIA Compliance

Without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges government it solutions have had to overcome in recent years is handling FOIA requests. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the law which requires federal agencies to provide access to documents and information that is controlled by the United States government. The resulting monumental amount of paper documents has had an effect on the efficiency in which federal agencies can respond to their FOIA requests. The following graphic from The FOIA Website shows just how many requests have been made across all agencies in the past few years.

 

Number of FOIA Requests made across all agencies

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) faced this exact problem.

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Annotate This!

Over the past 12 months (or maybe longer) I have been involved with 2 separate projects involved in Alfresco integration with Daeja ViewONE Pro.

Daeja ViewONE Pro is a java applet designed to allow users to apply annotations to any* document within a document management system.  That is just the starting point.  The applet has been developed whereby an implementer can interact with it via javascript to enhance the user experience.  The implementer can also dynamically change what controls and features are available to a user based upon the user’s role and permissions within the CMS.  I could go on but I would probability end up repeating Daeja’s website 🙂

Daeja also offers modules to extend the functionality of its offering.  Let’s take a look at the two functionalities that i needed and how Daeja delivered on these needs:

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