FOIA Advisor

Q&A: conduct of Boy Scouts

Q&A (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Q.  The Boy Scouts are a 501 c3 corporation. Can they be required to release information about actions taken on individuals who were part of their organization?

A.    Neither the federal Freedom of Information Act nor any State freedom of information law (that I am aware of) applies to the Boy Scouts.  Those laws apply to federal or state governmental entities; the tax status of the Boys Scouts is legally irrelevant.