November 01, 2016

FOIA gets a facelift

Stephen Gidiere

The original version of this article contained an editorial error, which has since been corrected.

On June 30, 2016, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, received a modest—but potentially impactful—overhaul. Most notably, the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (Public Law No. 114-185) makes several significant changes to how agencies apply FOIA’s exemptions and charge fees to requesters, all in an attempt to increase transparency and to tackle the growing backlog of pending requests at federal agencies. The last major amendments to FOIA were enacted in 2007.

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