Censored: US Sets New FOIA Record

The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn't find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis. The calculations cover eight months under President Donald Trump. People who asked for records under the Freedom of Information Act received censored files or nothing in 78 percent of 823,222 requests. When it provided no records, the government said it could find no information related to the request in a little over half those cases. It turned over everything requested in roughly one of every five FOIA requests.

Source: Associated Press

Posted on: March 14, 2018

Obama Signs into Law Reforms to US FOIA

Congress has passed and President Obama has signed into law new measures strengthening the U.S. Freedom of Information Act. The amendments write into law a "presumption of openness," bolster the FOIA ombudsman, put a time limit on the use of certain exemptions, and mandate more openness. Critics say the actions, while welcome, are ironic, given the Obama Administration's record for secrecy. 

Source: Freedominfo.org

Posted on: July 7, 2016