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FOIA News: Interior's proposed regulations drew 60k comments

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Interior Department's FOIA efficiency proposal panned as less transparent

By Gregory Wallace & Ellie Kaufman, CNN, Jan. 29, 2019

A Trump administration proposal that would limit the public's access to Interior Department records is drawing the ire of open-government and environmental groups, who are preparing to challenge it with a lawsuit.

The proposal says it is designed to address "exponential increases in requests and litigation" under the Freedom of Information Act in the Trump administration.

Critics charge that the proposal would pull a thicker veil over the department, which makes important decisions about oil drilling, mining, water use and endangered species, and manages millions of acres of public land.

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