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Justice Department Releases 2016 FOIA Reports

The Justice Department has released an assessment of the 2016 FOIA compliance reports. Every year, federal agencies prepare reports describing steps taken to implement President Obama's Memo and former AG Eric Holder's Guidelines. The DOJ grades FOIA compliance in five areas: applying the presumption of openness, effective and responsive systems, proactively releasing information, utilizing technology, and reducing backlogs and improving response times. The Senate recently passed by unanimous consent the Freedom of Information Improvement Act of 2015; the bill is now in the House. EPIC and other open government organizations have called on President Obama to strengthen the FOIA.

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