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DoE Seeks to Limit Public Interest FOIA Disclosures

Steven Aftergood has the story here:

DoE Seeks to Limit Public Interest FOIA Disclosures, Secrecy News, December 15, 2008.

“A proposed new Department of Energy regulation would eliminate the so-called ‘public interest’ balancing test that encourages DOE officials to release information under the Freedom of Information Act even when it is legally exempt from disclosure if doing so would serve the public interest…. In comments on the proposed regulation submitted by the Federation of American Scientists, we argued that ‘there is a widespread and well-founded expectation that the incoming Obama Administration will rescind the Ashcroft FOIA policy and define a more forthcoming disclosure policy. In light of that probable scenario, I would urge DOE to cancel its proposed revision of [the public interest balancing test], or else to suspend action on it for six months while the new Administration prepares new government-wide FOIA guidance.'”

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