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Department of Justice Adopts Improved FOIA Rule

In response to extensive comments by EPIC and the Sunlight Foundation, the Department of Justice has issued an improved final rule that will govern the agency's Freedom of Information Act practices. The initial rule would have made it difficult for FOIA requesters to obtain favorable fee status, created new obstacles to open government, and reduced agency oversight. The final rule adopted by the agency incorporates nearly all of EPIC's recommendations, including provisions that help ensure accountability, access, and favorable fee status for news media and educational requesters. EPIC routinely comments on agency FOIA rulemakings, and has had past success with the Federal Trade Commission, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, and other federal agencies.

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