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Celebrating FOIA's 47th Birthday

This Thursday, America will be celebrating the 237th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. But here at the Project On Government Oversight, we will also be marking the 47th anniversary of another bill: the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). President Lyndon B. Johnson signed FOIA on July 4, 1966, giving the public greater access to government records and information. At POGO, we use FOIA to encourage government accountability and uncover fraud, waste, and abuse in the government. While delays and redactions can limit the scope of FOIA, it is still a powerful tool in our pursuit of transparency in governance.

Watch the short video above to learn a little about the Freedom of Information Act. See more of our coverage of FOIA issues here.

By: Jana Persky
Intern, POGO

Photograph of Jana Persky Jana Persky is an intern for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Open Government

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