Senate OKs Faster FOIA Act; House Version Waits

OPEN GOVERNMENT — Last week the U.S. Senate passed S. 3111, the Faster FOIA Act, reports OpenTheGovernment.org.  The bill would establish a commission to study the delays in processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, the system for charging fees and granting waivers, and the increased use of FOIA exemptions to deny access, and to develop administrative and legislative recommendations to address each of these areas. A similar bill, H.R. 5087, has been introduced in the House by Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA), but has not yet been taken up by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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