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FOIA News: Interior sought FBI's advice in designing FOIA policy

FOIA News (2019)Allan BlutsteinComment

Interior took notes from FBI while developing controversial FOIA policy

By Miranda Green, The Hill, Aug, 6, 2019

The Interior Department took notes from the FBI, which handles reams of classified material and is known as a slower responder to public records requests, while developing its controversial policy for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, according to emails reviewed by The Hill.

Internal emails obtained through a FOIA request by Earthjustice and shared with The Hill show that Interior employees were eager to talk to FBI staff who oversaw FOIA requests as it sought to deal with its own mounting public records requests.

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