Government and Freedom of Information: Reinvigorating the Freedom of Information Act for the Digital Age: Hearing Before U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, March 11, 2014   [open pdf - 908KB]

This is a compilation of the March 11, 2014 hearing on "Government and Freedom of Information" held before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From the opening statement of Patrick Leahy: "For almost a half century, the Freedom of Information Act has translated our American values of government openness and accountability into practice by guaranteeing the public's right to access information. This hearing is an opportunity to take stock of the progress we have made during the last decade on improving the FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] process. We will also examine proposals to reform FOIA to address new technologies and the challenges that remain when citizens seek information from their government. Five years after President Obama issued presidential directives on FOIA and open government, we have seen some progress. Backlogs of FOIA requests are on the decline, a trend that started during the first term of the Obama administration. Online tools such as Data.gov, FOIA.gov and the FOIA portal and the Obama administration's new 'FOIA IT [information technology] Working Group' have modernized the way that citizens can obtain government information. We are moving in the right direction, but stubborn impediments to the FOIA process remain in place and progress has come much too slow." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Patrick Leahy, Melanie Pustay, Miriam Nisbet, Amy Bennett, David Cuillier, and Daniel J. Metcalfe.

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