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A bill to better FOIA: Darrell Issa, Elijah Cummings seek ‘a presumption of openness’ in America

Both Republican and Democrat are motivated by concern about public trust – and efficiency. Reps. Darrell Issa of California and Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland – also a ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform – have introduced legislation to shore up the Freedom of Information Act, simply known as “FOIA” among journalists seeking information.

The FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015 would “establish a presumption of openness” in America, while improving electronic accessibility for pertinent information, the lawmakers say.

“At a time when the American people’s trust in the federal government is at an all-time low, we must strengthen and refine our laws that enable transparency and openness in government,” says Mr.Issa. “Requests through the Freedom of Information Act remain the best tool for the American people to hold their government accountable. In this information technology driven era, it should be easier, not harder for citizens to have simpler and broader access to government information.” Continue>>>