Government could hide existence of records under FOIA rule proposal

October 24, 2011 10:14 AM

From ProPublica:

A proposed rule to the Freedom of Information Act would allow federal agencies to tell people requesting certain law-enforcement or national security documents that records don’t exist – even when they do.

Under current FOIA practice, the government may withhold information and issue what’s known as a Glomar denial that says it can neither confirm nor deny the existence of records.

Also see National Press Club urges Administration to reconsider draft rule on Freedom of Information.