The American Library Association (ALA) recently joined other civil liberties groups, Internet activists and nonprofits in supporting the FOIA Improvement Act of 2014, a bill introduced to increase the public’s ability to access to government records via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). On Thursday, a coalition of advocacy groups sent an open letter (pdf) to Congress, welcoming the new bill.
Patrice McDermott, executive director of OpenTheGovernment.org, said that “passage of the FOIA Improvement Act would be a significant step toward the Administration’s promise of an ‘unprecedented’ level of government openness.”
The legislation, which was introduced in the Senate, requires agencies to weigh the public interest in the release of a requested document and of make it clear that the exemption does not cover records that are more than 25 years old.
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