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

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Title

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

Creator

  • Author: Ginsberg, Wendy
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Analyst in American National Government

Publisher

  • Name: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.

Date

  • Creation: 2011-07-26

Language

  • English

Description

  • Content Description: 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(FOIA; 5 U.S.C. §552) enables any person to access—without explanation or justification—certain existing, identifiable, unpublished, executive branch agency records.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.
  • Physical Description: 27 pages.

Subject

  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Freedom of information
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Civil liberties
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Government information

Primary Source

  • Item is not a Primary Source

Coverage

  • Place Name: United States

Collection

  • Name: Congressional Research Service Reports
    Code: CRSR

Institution

  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report

Format

  • Text

Identifier

  • CRS Report Number: R41933
  • Accession or Local Control No: R41933_2011Jul26
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc96711