The Freedom of Information Act

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PowerFist.US on the Freedom Of Information Act (F.O.I.A)

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We believe that the F.O.IA is  a core component of journalism in any democracy. No other law is specifically designed with the idea of making sure the public gets the information that it has a right to know. PowerFist.US is committed to this principle, and we will continue to report all caveats that seek to diminish this very important law.


What is the Administration’s FOIA Policy?

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President Obama and Attorney General Holder have directed agencies to apply a presumption of openness in responding to FOIA requests. The Attorney General specifically called on agencies not to withhold information just because it technically falls within an exemption and he also encouraged agencies to make discretionary releases of records. The Attorney General emphasized that the President has called on agencies to work in a spirit of cooperation with FOIA requesters. The Office of Information Policy at the Department of Justice oversees agency compliance with these directives and encourages all agencies to fully comply with both the letter and the spirit of the FOIA. President Obama has pledged to make this the most transparent Administration in history.


What is the Freedom of Information Act?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal freedom of information law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government. The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures and grants nine exemptions to the statute.It was originally signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, despite his misgivings,on July 4, 1966 as 5 U.S.C. ; 552 and went into effect the following year.

The Federal Government’s Freedom of Information Act should not be confused with the different and varying Freedom of Information Acts passed by the individual states. Many of those state acts may be similar but not identical to the federal act.