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FOIA News: Feds fail "basic FOIA test," opines L.A. Times reporter

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Federal government fails basic FOIA test

By Scott Martelle, L.A. Times, April 27, 2015

You’d think that if you were going to get a timely and adequate response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the federal government, it would be from the Department of Justice’s Office of Information Policy, which oversees the government’s compliance with FOIA requests.

But if you thought that, you’d be wrong.

And remember, this isn't government information - it's the American public's information.-  

According to the FOIA Project, operated by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, the Office of Information Policy was one of 10 agencies that failed to adequately respond to a basic FOIA request, a remarkable failure rate -- that’s nearly half of the 21 agencies queried. Only seven of the agencies fully complied in a timely manner.

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