January 23, 2022

U.S. Senate Passes FOIA Reform Bill

UPDATE March 16, 2016  Open Government Groups Call on the White House to Support FOIA Reforms During Sunshine Week (via OpentheGovernment.org)
Note: AALL, ALA, ARL are three of many organizations that have signed the letter sent to President Obama.

From The Hill:

The Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill to expand the public’s access to government records, after a year of delay.

The Senate’s move means both chambers have now passed similar proposals to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Differences will still need to be resolved before the measure makes it to President Obama’s desk — potentially forcing the administration’s hand on a bill it has previously lobbied against.


The House and Senate both passed their respective bills last Congress, but Senate passage came so late that it left no time to merge them. The only solution was to have one chamber pass the other’s exact language. But fighting between the chambers, and outside lobbying pressure, caused reform to die at the end of the session.

Read the Complete Article

Read the Bill


About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.