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Senate, House mull contrasting FOIA reform bills

A recent Congressional Research Service report compared and contrasted two Freedom of Information Act reform bills that are working their way through Congress.

FOIA 'still interested letters' have uncertain effect on requesters, report finds

Sending a so-called "still interested letter" to someone who requested responses under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, has an uncertain effect, an analysis by the Office of Government Information Services found.

Flint crisis offers lessons in government transparency

Greater transparency might have helped the residents of Flint, Mich., avoid the dire situation they're in now, according to a recent Government Technology article.

DoD's FOIA 'spammer' steps forward

Following a Department of Defense report decrying a heavy volume of Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, requests from a single individual, that requester has stepped forward.

House bill would subject National Security Council discussions to FOIA

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.)  introduced  a bill, HR 4922, last week that would make the White House's National Security Council subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.

Virginia governor inks bill that reverses state Supreme Court FOIA ruling

The law was introduced and passed by the state's General Assembly in response to the Supreme Court of Virginia's September ruling that government agencies could withhold entire records if they contained any information that was exempt from release under the state's Freedom of Information Act, reported the Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

Spotlight: NARA mulls OMB recommendation on FOIA fees, role of FOIA public liaisons

The National Archives and Records Administration held its seventh FOIA Advisory Committee meeting last month, where Archivist of the United States David Ferriero renewed the committee's charter for two years.

Grassley probes Defense Secretary's use of personal email

Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wants more detail on Defense Secretary Ashton Carter's use of personal email for official business.

Testimonials in congressional FOIA report point to administration influence, exemption overuse, noncompliance with processing rules

A congressional report on the handling of Freedom of Information Act requests drew largely on testimonials from agency staff, watchdogs and requesters, and cast an unfavorable light on the state of openness and transparency in the federal government.

OPM breach story playing out at Education Dept., says congressman

Agencies aren't doing enough to implement the information security recommendations made by the oversight community, said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).