Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Background and Policy Options for the 112th Congress

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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA; 5 U.S.C. §552) enables any person to access—without explanation or justification—certain existing, identifiable, unpublished, executive branch agency records. Pursuant to FOIA, the public has presumptive access to requested agency records unless the material falls within any of FOIA's nine categories of exemption from disclosure. This report discusses FOIA's history, examines its implementation, and provides potential policy approaches for Congress.

Creator(s): Ginsberg, Wendy
Location(s): United States
Creation Date: July 26, 2011
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Ginsberg, Wendy

Analyst in American National Government

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Place of Publication: Washington D.C.
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  • Creation: July 26, 2011
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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA; 5 U.S.C. §552) enables any person to access—without explanation or justification—certain existing, identifiable, unpublished, executive branch agency records. Pursuant to FOIA, the public has presumptive access to requested agency records unless the material falls within any of FOIA's nine categories of exemption from disclosure. This report discusses FOIA's history, examines its implementation, and provides potential policy approaches for Congress.

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27 pages.

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