Final FOIA Reform Bill on Brink of Passage

S. 337 (FOIA Improvement Act of 2016) will be voted on today in the House under Suspension of the Rules. When it passes, FOIA reform legislation will be ready to go to the President for his signature–as promised by his press secretary. joined 27 open government groups in a letter expressing support for the legislation, addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. The letter emphasized that S. 337 would codify the presumption of openness, curb the overuse of FOIA Exemption 5, and promote greater proactive disclosure. 

Congratulations to all our colleagues in the FOIA community and, especially, our allies in Congress:  Chairman Jason Chaffetz, Representative Elijah Cummings, Senators Leahy, Cornyn, and Grassley — and their indomitable staffs.