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ALA joins others in supporting transparency

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, 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.

Read the full letter

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Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright is a former press officer of the Washington Office.

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