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FOIA News: USAID finalizes new FOIA regulations

FOIA News (2015-16)Ryan MulveyComment

The U.S. Agency for International Development published a final rule implementing new FOIA regulations in today's issue of the Federal Register.  Most of the changes are intended to bring the agency into compliance with the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.  USAID received four comments.  Some of the more significant recommendations adopted from these comments include new fee category definitions for educational institutions and representatives of the news media, further information about the role of the FOIA Public Liaison and the Office of Government Information Services, and the introduction of a "substantial interest" standard for the consultation process.  USAID's rule is effective December 27, 2016.