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.
House Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to reform the Freedom of Information Act.
The FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015 would, among other things, require agencies to process FOIA requests with a "presumption" of openness, putting the burden on the agency to demonstrate an identifiable harm in releasing it.