A Modified FOIA Reform Bill Clears House Oversight Panel

| March 25, 2015 | 0 Comments



There is a new development surrounding the reform of the Freedom of Information Act. On Wednesday, March 25th, a bipartisan bill that would impose stricter demands for agencies to present documents requested under FOIA was approved by the House and Government Reform Committee.

According to Government Executive:

The FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act (H.R. 653) introduced by Reps. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md., would impose a 25-year sunset on all requested documents exempted under FOIA and strengthen mediation powers of the Office of Government Information Services within the National Archives and Records Administration.

It would task the General Services Administration and Office of Management and Budget with creating a consolidated FOIA request portal on the Web (a project already in the works) and it would codify existing procedures so that they would continue “no matter who is president,” as Cummings, ranking member of the panel, put it.

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