Rep. Maloney Amendment Passes as Part of Freedom of Information Act Legislation

Mar 14, 2007
Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1309, the “Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007,” which included language offered by Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) that will provide the FOIA requester with more information about why a deletion has been made from requested material. Maloney’s language was adopted during consideration of the legislation in the Oversight and Government Reform Committee  The bill, which passed 308-117, makes several changes that will improve the FOIA process and eliminate many of the problems that exist in today’s system.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), first passed in 1966, requires executive branch agencies to provide records to members of the public upon request.  Nine categories of information are exempt from FOIA and are not required to be disclosed to the public.  Although the law requires that agencies respond to a FOIA request within twenty days, backlogs and delays frequently occur with requesters not receiving information for much longer periods of time.

“Requesters often wait months or years to find out the status of their requests or to obtain the information.  As a result, the backlogs at agencies and departments continue to grow,” Maloney said.  “I believe that this legislation and my amendment will provide greater transparency and openness to the FOIA process.”