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FOIA News: Majority of agencies have failed to update FOIA regs

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Majority of Agencies Have Fallen Behind on Updating FOIA Rules

By Charles S. Clark, Government Executive, Mar. 14, 2017

This story has been updated with comment from the Justice Department's Office of Information Policy,   

Nine months after President Obama signed a major reform of the Freedom of Information Act, a new survey shows that only 38 of 99 agencies have updated their rules,  according to the private nonprofit National Security Archive.

This lapse could harm transparency, the group said in its 16th such survey since 2002, noting that the 2016 FOIA Improvement Act required agencies to update their internal FOIA regulations within 180 days—making the deadline last Dec. 27.

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