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About the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966 to improve public access to government records. While the law established an important principle, there is wide agreement the FOIA’s administrative process has many flaws, with federal agencies frequently resisting its mandates by either refusing to provide properly requested records or ignoring the requirements that the documents be made available within specified time periods.

The law also established procedures for appealing decisions. This web site has been created to document instances when the requesters for information contended the government had not complied with the law.

Full text of the Freedom of Information Act, including all amendments made by the “Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National Government Act of 2007” and the “OPEN FOIA Act of 2009.”

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