FOIA Changes Could Signal End To Agency Red Tape

Law360, New York (January 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- New amendments to the Freedom of Information Act aim to put more pressure on government agencies to provide a timely response to requests for information. Federal agencies could now face financial consequences if they blow their FOIA deadlines.

The Open Government Act of 2007, signed into law by the president on Dec. 31, gives agencies a stronger incentive to act on FOIA requests. A lack of appropriate motivation, many say, has long permitted agencies to drag their feet when it comes to turning over documents requested...
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