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S.2520 - FOIA Improvement Act of 2014

A bill to improve the Freedom of Information Act. view all titles (4)

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  • Short: FOIA Improvement Act of 2014 as passed senate.
  • Short: FOIA Improvement Act of 2014 as reported to senate.
  • Short: FOIA Improvement Act of 2014 as introduced.
  • Official: A bill to improve the Freedom of Information Act. as introduced.

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12/08/14
 
 
 
 
 

Official Summary

FOIA Improvement Act of 2014 - Amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to: (1) require federal agencies to make agency records that can be disclosed under such Act available for public inspection in an electronic format, (2) limit the authority of an agency to charge a fee if the agenc

Official Summary

FOIA Improvement Act of 2014 - Amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to:
(1) require federal agencies to make agency records that can be disclosed under such Act available for public inspection in an electronic format,
(2) limit the authority of an agency to charge a fee if the agency misses a deadline for complying with a FOIA request,
(3) establish a presumption in favor of disclosure and prohibit the application of exemptions from FOIA based on technicalities,
(4) expand the authority and duties of the Chief FOIA Officer of each agency for promoting compliance with the FOIA disclosure requirements, and
(5) establish a Chief FOIA Officers Council to develop recommendations for increasing compliance with FOIA requirements. Requires the head of each federal agency to:
(1) review agency regulations and issue regulations for the disclosure of records in accordance with the amendments to FOIA made by this Act, and
(2) include in such regulations procedures for engaging in dispute resolution through the FOIA Public Liaison and the Office of Government Information Services. Expands the program for the efficient management of federal agency records to require agency heads to establish procedures for:
(1) identifying records of general interest or use to the public that are appropriate for public disclosure, and
(2) posting such records in a publicly-accessible electronic format. Prohibits the authorization of additional funds to carry out the requirements of this Act.

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