DC Circ. Rules Agency Subgroups Don't Have To Share Docs

By Diamond Naga Siu (May 3, 2021, 6:10 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit said Friday that the Federal Advisory Committee Act, a law requiring federal advisory committees to make records publicly available, doesn't apply to subgroups, rejecting the Electronic Privacy Information Center's subcommittee records request on small-drone usage.

EPIC had sued the Federal Aviation Administration's Drone Advisory Committee for one of its subgroup's records to push for transparency on how policies for commercial use of small drones in the country's airspace were formed. The privacy nonprofit claims the regulations do not properly consider privacy and safety concerns.

U.S. Circuit Judge Gregory G. Katsas wrote in the Friday majority opinion that EPIC's...

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