Groups Break Down how the FOIA Improvement Act Reins in the Use of Exemption 5

Exemption 5 of the Freedom of Information Act has been used to withhold a Presidential Policy Directive instituting transparency, Federal Election Commission guidance on the use of the exemption, a list of unclassified opinions created by the Office of Legal Counsel, and much more. Agencies’ use of Exemption 5 has cut off access to countless records that should be released in the public interest. The bipartisan FOIA Improvement Act, S. 2520, would rein in an exemption that has been stretched to keep anything that is not a final version of a document out of the public eye. Learn more about how S. 2520 amends Exemption 5 with this fact sheet created in partnership with the National Security Archive and the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

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