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(FOIA; 5 U.S.C. §552) enables any person to access—without explanation or justification—certain existing, identifiable, unpublished, executive branch agency records.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.

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Ginsberg, Wendy July 26, 2011.

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  • Main Title: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Background and Policy Options for the 112th Congress
  • Series Title: 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(FOIA; 5 U.S.C. §552) enables any person to access—without explanation or justification—certain existing, identifiable, unpublished, executive branch agency records.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.

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27 pages.

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  • July 26, 2011

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Ginsberg, Wendy. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Background and Policy Options for the 112th Congress, report, July 26, 2011; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc96711/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.