Guidance Issued On Identifying 'Records' For FOIA Requests

By Kelly Knaub (January 12, 2017, 6:43 PM EST) -- The Office of Information Policy clarified Wednesday the definition of a "record" responsive to Freedom of Information Act requests after the D.C. Circuit held the Executive Office for Immigration Review's redaction of immigration judges' names from complaint files wasn't justified, saying it permits a "fine-tune" approach to identifying records.

The U.S. Department of Justice's OIP issued guidance urging agencies to use the definition of "record" found in the Privacy Act — each "item, collection, or grouping of information" on the topic of the FOIA request — to guide their decisions regarding what is a record when searching for documents. The guidance...

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