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FOIA News: GAO asked to examine agency FOIA compliance

FOIA News (2019)Allan BlutsteinComment

Hill Leaders Seek Review of FOIA Compliance

FEDweek, Apr. 3, 2019

A bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders on government oversight issues has asked the GAO to examine federal agency compliance with 2016 changes to the Freedom of Information Act.

Some agencies are not fully implementing the 2016 law and continue to burden requesters with unlawful delays and denials,” their request said. Among other provisions, that law created a presumption of openness, allowing agencies to withhold records only when there is foreseeable harm to an interest protected by an exemption or a legal requirement preventing their release.

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