For Immediate Release
Matt Jacob 202.408.5565
CREW Urges Support of ‘Faster FOIA Act’ to Reduce Delays in Processing Records Requests
WASHINGTON - 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
Click here to read the groups' letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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