FOIA Under Scrutiny for Sunshine Week

Sunshine Week officially began on Monday, but OpenTheGovernment.org and many of our partners began the celebration early, paying particular attention to the Freedom of Information Act.

According to the National Security Archive’s latest FOIA audit, more than half of agencies’ FOIA regulations are out of date. Fifty federal agencies (out of 101) have not updated their regulations in line with the 2007 FOIA amendments, and 55 have not updated their regulations to incorporate the presumption of disclosure outlined in President Obama and Attorney General Holder’s 2009 guidance. See the Archive’s full audit here.

The Center for Effective Government published a new report card on agencies’ FOIA implementation, taking a close look at the top 15 agencies that received the most requests. The report is available here.

Cause of Action published a report on instances of White House review of FOIA requests. Download the report here.

For more Sunshine Week reports and events, visit SunshineWeek.org.

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