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Thursday, March 12, 2015
New Bills Propose Changes to FOIA
The recent controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of
a private email account during her tenure as Secretary of State is the latest
in a series of high-profile stories that have focused attention on the issue of
government transparency. The United States Congress is currently considering
two bills (S.
337 and H.R. 653)
that would have a significant effect in this area. Both of these bills propose changes
to a number of provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in the
interest of greater public access to government information. FOIA was enacted
in 1966 and created a presumptive right of public access to government documents,
with limited exceptions. The law was last amended in 2009. For those interested
in learning more about the proposed legislation, a recent report of the
Congressional Research Service provides background information and a
side-by-side analysis of the two bills.