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ALA: Attorney General’s new FOIA principles to ensure more open government

For Immediate Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Rettig says the new comprehensive Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) guidelines released by Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday will restore the law and the United States’ commitment to open government.

According to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Justice, the guidelines will direct all executive branch departments and agencies to apply a presumption of openness when administering FOIA.

“ALA has waited for a number of years to finally have a government policy which encourages transparency and assures the American people that they have a government that is working for them,” Rettig said.


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