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CREW Urges Support of ‘Faster FOIA Act’ to Reduce Delays in Processing Records Requests
WASHINGTON - March 17 - Today, CREW and transparency-advocates wrote to Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and John Cornyn (R-TX), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, expressing support for the proposed Faster FOIA Act. The Act would establish an advisory commission to examine delays in processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and recommend reforms to streamline the requesting process. The commission would also study agencies' chronic problem of denying FOIA request fee waivers to entitled requesters.
Delays in processing FOIA requests and the financial hurdles requesters must navigate are impediments to the efficient implementation of one of our nation's most important open-government laws. The Faster FOIA Act would make great strides in strengthening the FOIA.
Click here to read the groups' letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.