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Freedom of Information Act Requests in FY2020: By the Numbers [October 26, 2021]   [open pdf - 555KB]

From the Document: "The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA; 5 U.S.C. §552) establishes a presumption that agency recordsin the possession of the executive branch and departments of the federal government are accessible to the public. Under FOIA, the burden of proof to access government information shifted from a requester's 'need to know' to a 'right to know' doctrine, where the federal government has to show a need to keep the information secret (H.Rept. 109- 226). Government-wide information on the administration of FOIA is provided by the Department of Justice (DOJ) at http://www.foia.gov. This In Focus provides and discusses information from agencies on the volume of FOIA requests during FY2020 and FY2019 that were received, processed, and backlogged."

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CRS In Focus, IF11955
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2021-10-26
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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