For Immediate Release

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Matt Jacob 202.408.5565

CREW and Open Government Advocates Urge DOJ to Address FOIA Litigation Concerns

WASHINGTON - Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW),
along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic
Frontier Foundation (EFF), the National Security Archive (NSA) and
OpenTheGovernment.org sent a follow-up letter to Department of Justice
(DOJ) Associate Attorney General Thomas J. Perrelli. In the
letter, the groups thanked DOJ for hosting a December 9, 2009 meeting
to discuss ongoing concerns with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
litigation and urged the DOJ to continue tackling agencies' resistance
to operating under a policy of disclosure rather than stonewalling. The
Attorney General's March 19, 2009 FOIA memorandum directed agencies to
follow the President's directive to disclose information, but it has
yet to be implemented in practice.

The groups seek a additional meetings with Mr. Perrelli and DOJ
representatives in the hope of establishing an ongoing dialogue that
will advance the administration's commitment to transparency and
accountability.

Click here to read the groups' letter to Mr. Perrelli.

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