POGO Updates FOIA Resources Page
POGO has updated its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) resource page with documents detailing the Obama Administration position on government transparency and improving public access to government information. Of particular interest is an August Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on the history of FOIA.
The report describes the origins of the act, its subsequent modifications, interpretations of FOIA by the Bush and Obama Administrations, and legislation introduced in Congress this year. POGO applauds the administration's openness initiatives and hopes that all unclassified information is posted on the web so that reliance on FOIA dramatically decreases. Click here or follow the links below to brush up on the Administration's directives on open government.
- Office of the Attorney General Memorandum For Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies; The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
- Memorandum For Heads of Departments and Agencies on the President's Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government
- President Obama's FOIA Memorandum and Attorney General Holder's FOIA Guidelines; Creating a "New Era of Open Government"
- Congressional Research Service's Report, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Issues for the 111th Congress
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