After months of negotiations, the OPEN Government Act of 2007 (S. 2488) is now on its way to the President after just passing both chambers. S. 2488 is a revision of the original bill, S.849, introduced by Sen. Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Cornyn (R-TX). The House companion bill, H.R. 1309, introduced by Rep. Clay (D-MO), passed in March by a margin of 308-117.
This bill includes reforms to reduce backlogs and delays in responding to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, provides incentives for agency compliance, and, in general, strengthens FOIA.
For more information on the OPEN Government Act, please see Sen. Leahy’s recent press release.