While the directive doesn’t spell this step out, it is possible the White House has it in mind to do that themselves. The directive says that the White House will launch an “Open Government Dashboard” Web site to track agencies’ progress on open government steps. A cross-agency FOIA compliance and implementation dashboard—think charts, timelines, and other helpful visualizations—would fit right in.

It would be a fitting way to use a 2009 tool to measure and improve a 1966 act.

UPDATE: The White House has posted a list of agency open government commitments to accompany today’s broader announcement. The first one speaks directly to the administration’s FOIA monitoring plans:

Department of Justice: Improving Access to Government Information The Department of Justice is setting a transparency precedent for the rest of government by being the first to release its Annual Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Report in a machine-readable format. Annual FOIA Reports include detailed statistics on the number and disposition of FOIA requests, including response times, volume of requests, and personnel costs. As other agencies’ Annual FOIA Reports are also made available in this format, members of the public, including public interest organizations, scholars, and the media, will be able to track performance. Ultimately, increasing the usefulness of the FOIA processing data will also enable targeted outreach to agencies by the Department of Justice to ensure greater compliance with the FOIA government-wide.

Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.