FOIA Legislation

On December 31, President Bush signed a bill strengthening the Freedom of Information Act. This bill, S. 2488, will create a system for tracking FOIA requests and compels government agencies to release information unless such information can be shown to do real harm. The legislation seeks to remedy complaints by journalists, researchers, and others who depend upon access to information by facilitating a more efficient and transparent process for FOIA requests. The Washington Post carried news of the bill's approval in Congress, while an AP report on President Bush's signing appears at the First Amendment Center website.