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President Obama Signs FOIA Reform Bill Into Law

Celebrating 50 years since enactment of the Freedom of Information Act, the Congress has passed, and the President has signed the FOIA Improvements Act of 2016. The Act creates a new portal for requesters, requires the proactive disclosure of frequently requested records, strengthens the Office of Government Information Services, and codifies the "Presumption of Openness" in the processing of requests for information about government. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a champion of open government, stated "Our founders had the revolutionary vision to create a government of, by, and for the people. Today we have helped strengthen that ideal." EPIC and many open government advocates urged the President to support these reforms. EPIC also established the website FOIA.ROCKS.

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