FOIA Bill Signed Into Law

On June 30, President Barack Obama signed a Freedom of Information Act upgrade that orders the creation of a single federal online portal for info requests. Noting the federal government gets more FOIA requests than ever before, Obama said the bill codifies some of the reforms already made, and allows for ongoing efforts to make the process faster and cheaper.

Lead sponsor Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) said the signing was an “important step forward,” while Democratic co-sponsor Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said the bill brings “FOIA into the digital age.” The bill went through a series of changes to narrow its provisions throughout the process amid opposition from some federal agencies.

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