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