Important Win by CREW on FOIA Processing

Our friends at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) won a major victory today in their ongoing case against the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) that will help maintain what the ruling refers to as the "comprehensive scheme" in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that "encourages prompt request-processing and agency accountability." At issue was the FEC's claim that it met its responsibility under the FOIA to make a determination on a request within 20 business days by advising the requester the agency intends to comply with the request at some point. If the FEC had prevailed, FOIA requesters could have been left in limbo for months, or possible years, with no access to judicial review.

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