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FOIA News: Department of the Interior finalizes new FOIA regulations

FOIA News (2015-16)Ryan MulveyComment

Today, in the Federal Register, the Department of the Interior published a final rule implementing new FOIA regulations, which will go into effect on January 19, 2017.  The revisions introduced by the agency are meant to bring its regulations into compliance with the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.  DOI also indicated that it had "received feedback from its FOIA practitioners and requesters and identified areas where it would be possible to further update, clarify, and streamline the language of some procedural provisions."  During the notice-and-comment phase of the rulemaking, DOI received six comments, including two from other components of the Federal government.