National Freedom of Information Coalition
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Experts propose model to close loopholes in FOIA regulations

Good government groups are lambasting current regulations that govern the Freedom of Information Act and want the Justice Department to consider major changes.

The groups say agencies lack penalties for withholding information, overuse exemptions provided within FOIA and deal inconsistently and unfairly toward requesters, said Ginger McCall, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). The 2013 National Action Plan tasked the Department of Justice's Office of Information Policy with creating updated FOIA regulations. OIP began this process in late May.

The good government groups offered their suggestions to DoJ as part of the government's effort to receive input from experts and other interested parties. "The most recent FOIA regulations that they have proposed were actually very, very bad," McCall said on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp. Continue>>>