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FOIA News: Pentagon proposes new FOIA regulations

FOIA News (2017)Ryan MulveyComment

The Department of Defense published an interim final rule proposing new FOIA regulations in today's issue of the Federal Register.  This rule is the third in a line of attempts to change the agency's FOIA procedures and policies.  DoD previously proposed revisions in December 2007 and September 2014.  The new rule address public comments submitted in response to the last set of proposed regulations, but also introduces changes required by the OPEN Government Act of 2007 and the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.  DoD has further decided to revise its regulations "so that, to the practical extent possible," they align with the Department of Justice's published Guidance for Agency FOIA Regulations and model regulation template.  Today's rule is effective immediately.  Comments must be received by March 6, 2017.