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Obama reverses course on FOIA

April 17, 2009

On his first full day in office, President Barack Obama said the “Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails.” Open-government groups cheered the Obama administration’s initial policy statements, but they’re waiting to see if change has really come to a government that grew opaque under the previous administration...

The FBI is one of the agencies that open-government advocates sued during the Bush administration because of its response to FOIA requests. In one holdover case brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the new Obama guidance appears to uphold the previous decision to withhold information. Justice said in a court filing April 13 that it did not intend to reverse its decision.

Friday, April 17, 2009
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