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FOIA News: Additional agencies revising FOIA regs

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Ahead of the New Year's deadline mandated by the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, six more agencies have promulgated interim or final amendments to their FOIA regulations -- all of which appear in the December 27th edition of the Federal Register.

  • The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has issued an  interim final rule with a public comment period extending through February 27, 2017. 
  • The Federal Open Market Committee also has issued an interim final rule with a public comment period extending through February 27, 2017. 
  • The Department of Energy has issued final rule effective December 27, 2016, which did not invite public comments.
  • The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council has issued an  interim final rule implementing changes required by the FOIA Improvement Act that does not invite public comments.  The Council expects to conduct a review and further updating of its regulations in the next year based on recent guidance issued by the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Information Policy on agency FOIA regulations. 
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has issued a final rule effective December 27, 2016, which did not invite public comments.   
  • The Postal Regulatory Commission  has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking with a comment period extending through January 26, 2017.