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FOIA News: Posting records will not decrease requests, says OIP director

FOIA News (2017)Allan BlutsteinComment

Justice Dept. fights uphill battle to improve FOIA disclosures

By David Thornton, Federal News Radio, Mar. 1, 2017

The Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy is constantly fighting an uphill battle to improve federal agencies’ responses to FOIA requests. Requests from the public rose by 19 percent in 2015, clearing 700,000 for the first time in history, with a total of 769,903 requests according to DoJ’s annual FOIA report published in March 2016.

While 2016’s numbers are expected in the near future, Melanie Pustay, director of the OIP, said that it was also a record-breaking year.

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