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FOIA News: Lawsuit Seeks Records on White House’s Failure to Update FOIA Fee Guidance

FOIA News (2017)Kevin SchmidtComment

Lawsuit Seeks Records on White House’s Failure to Update FOIA Fee Guidance

Cause of Action Institute, August 9, 2017

Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today filed a lawsuitagainst the White House Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for records that would show the agency’s action, or lack thereof, to review two pending petitions for rulemaking, one of which is seeking an update to its official guidance concerning Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) processing fees. OMB’s guidance on this issue is critical to government transparency because federal agencies are required by law to conform to OMB’s guidance and routinely deny fee waiver requests that should be granted, based on recent judicial precedent.

CoA Institute Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor James Valvo: “Steep FOIA processing fees are a substantial roadblock for many organizations and individuals attempting to reveal how their government makes decisions. It is critical that OMB take action to update its outdated guidance document, which conflicts with binding statutory and judicial authorities.”

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