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FOIA hearings held this week

Jim A. Jacobs linked to some items about this week’s FOIA hearings. The Guardian has published a summary of the testimony by AP. It also includes a link to GAO’s report, “Freedom of Information Act: Processing Trends Show Importance of Improvement Plans,” [PDF] which was released yesterday.

The abstract notes that the FOIA request backlog is increasing at many agencies. However, it also says that it is difficult to properly gage trends in reporting because the time lags are reported in median times, not average times.

The Executive Order referenced in the report, “Improving Agency Disclosure of Information,” was signed by President Bush on December 14, 2006. It outlined a plan to improve the FOIA process, including improved customer service for requesters and increased access to government information on federal websites.

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