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Congress Passes First FOIA Reform In Ten Years

Posted by Bill on December 19, 2007

FOIA   Thanks to Sabrina Pacifici, beSpacific, for alerting us that the FOIA bill passed through Congress. 

The House passed the FOIA Reform Bill (Open Government Act)  (S 2448) that was passed by the Senate last week.  The new bill aims to fix some real, everyday problems in FOIA practice and procedure used by federal agencies.  Such problems as excessive delays, lack of response and litigation gamesmanship practiced by the Department of Justice lawyers who represent federal agencies.  The bill establishes a tracking system for requests, penalizes agences for delays some delays which took up to 20 years and set up an office to mediate disputes as an alternative to litigation.

The bill now goes to the White House for signature.  We will see how it turns out.

See good summary at National Security Archive

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA


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