FOIA Advisor

FOIA News: HHS proposes new FOIA regs for first time since 1988

FOIA News (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued a proposed rule that seeks to update its Freedom of Information Act regulations for the first time since 1988.  According to the notice published in today's Federal Register, the proposed rule incorporates statutory amendments made in 1996 and 2007, reflects changes in the agency's organization, makes the FOIA process easier for the public to navigate, and updates the agency's fee schedule.

HHS's proposed regulations do not incorporate the statutory amendments passed by Congress this week, which President Obama is expected to approve.  The deadline to submit comments to the proposed rule is August 15, 2016.