Key Findings From Report (via U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Website):
- The Executive Branch culture encourages an unlawful presumption in favor of secrecy when responding to FOIA requests.
- The administration is unaware that FOIA is systemically broken.
- Agencies create and follow FOIA policies that appear to be designed to deter requesters from pursuing requests and create barriers to accessing records.
- FOIA requesters have good reason to mistrust even fair and earnest attempts by agencies to fulfill requests. In the words of one requester, “something is desperately wrong with the process.”
- The Department of State had numerous open requests that are nearly a decade old, making them arguably the worst agency with respect to FOIA compliance.
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UPDATE Jan 12, 2015: House Passes FOIA Reform, Again (Via Politico)