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Secrecy News -- 08/02/11

From: Steven Aftergood <saftergood.nul>
Date: Tue, 02 Aug 2011 10:46:56 -0700
Archived: Wed, 03 Aug 2011 04:53:51 -0400
Subject: Secrecy News -- 08/02/11


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FASTER FOIA BILL PASSED IN SENATE AGAIN

The Faster FOIA Act, a modest bit of legislation to establish a
commission "to examine the root causes of FOIA delays," was
introduced and passed in the Senate yesterday.

It was previously passed in May, but the resulting bill was
amended by the House in order to serve as a vehicle for its debt
ceiling maneuver, stripping out the FOIA-related content.  To
reactivate the original Faster FOIA Act bill, it needed to be
reintroduced. The new bill, S. 1466, passed on a voice vote on
August 1, and will move once again to the house.

http://www.fas.org/sgp/congress/2011/leahy-foia2.html

The Department of Defense has updated its Freedom of Information
Act directive.  In mostly new language added last week, the
directive said "It is DoD policy to promote transparency and
accountability by adopting a presumption in favor of disclosure
in all decisions involving the FOIA; responding promptly to
requests in a spirit of cooperation; and by taking affirmative
steps to make the maximum amount of information available to the
public, consistent with the DoD responsibility to protect
national security and other sensitive DoD information."

http://www.fas.org/irp/doddir/dod/d5400_07.pdf

Also new is a report from the Congressional Research Service on
"Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Background and Policy
Options for the 112th Congress," July 26, 2011:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/secrecy/R41933.pdf



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