Groups Files Amicus Brief in CREW v. FEC

Several coalition partners filed a brief in CREW vs. Federal Election Commission (FEC) on June 18, 2012 arguing that the text and legislative history of FOIA clearly requires agencies to determine within twenty working days of receiving a FOIA request whether to comply with the request. CREW filed suit against the FEC after the organization received no determination on a FOIA request in the 20-day time limit. A District of Colombia court held that CREW did not exhaust its administrative remedies before filing suit because the FEC had said it was processing the FOIA request. If it stands, district court’s ruling will make it much harder for a requester to challenge agency delay under FOIA. The Brief is joined by Public Citizen, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), OMB Watch,, and the Project on Government Oversight (POGO).