Category: FOIA

SGI sends letter to Congress supporting FOIA reform

Ahead of this morning’s scheduled vote by the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on FOIA reform, our media coalition sent the following letter to the Committee’s leaders supporting H.R. 653, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015.…

FOIA Reform in Congress

Follow us on Twitter for updates.  We are calling on the House to vote on the FOIA Improvement Act of 2014 before adjourning for 2014. The full Senate on Monday passed vital FOIA reforms (S. 2520). The House passed a…

SGI supports Senate FOIA bill

The Sunshine in Government Initiative strongly supports bipartisan legislation, S. 2520, to improve the way agencies process FOIA requests. Below is a letter SGI sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee supporting the bill.

Encourage support for FOIA reform

When the Senate reconvenes after the August recess it should quickly act on a bill authored by a bipartisan pair of FOIA champions in the Senate that would strengthen the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The bill, S. 2520, the FOIA…

Leahy-Cornyn bill gives FOIA reform a boost

Prospects for a new round of reforms of FOIA just got brighter as Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) introduced legislation to strengthen FOIA on June 24. The bill contains important, commonsense changes to strengthen transparency of the…

FOIA helps journalists show problems at VA go back years

Current headlines describing backlogs and long wait times at Veterans Affairs clinics are nothing new to the journalists who have used FOIA to document them. In 2005, Knight Ridder reporters Chris Allen and Alison Young documented lengthy backlogs of benefits…

Getting serious about FOIA reform

Washington is getting serious about FOIA reform. The House primed the pump before Sunshine Week by passing The FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014 (H.R. 1211), on a recorded vote of 410-0, building on FOIA’s non-partisan history and burgeoning…