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FOIA News: Reporting on Senate FOIA hearing

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Senators look for answers on FOIA reform, Clinton emails

By Adam Mazmanian, FCW, May 6, 2015

A bipartisan group of senators is looking to jumpstart open government legislation that flagged in the waning days of the last Congress. The FOIA Improvement Act of 2015 would expand the proactive disclosure of government documents, waive fees for Freedom of Information Act requesters who are not served on deadline, and require the government to set up a one-stop online portal for filing requests to government agencies, rather than the current piecemeal approach. 

Three of its key backers -- sponsor  John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) -- checked in with key FOIA enforcers at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee to find out how the administration was doing in complying with existing FOIA requests. 

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