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.


FOIA Reform Bill Introduced in House

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.