Summary

The text of this bill was replaced making <a href="/bills/us/112/s627">The Budget Control Act of 2011</a>. The new bill has the same bill number S. 627, and the original... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and though it was passed by both chambers on Jul 29, 2011 it was passed in non-identical forms and the differences were never resolved.

Date Introduced
Oct 27, 2014

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Bill Text

A BILL

To establish the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. COMMISSION ON FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT PROCESSING DELAYS.

(a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Faster FOIA Act of 2011''. (b) Establishment.--There is established the Commission on Freedom of Information Act Processing Delays (in this Act referred to as the ``Commission'' for the purpose of conducting a study relating to methods to help reduce delays in processing requests submitted to Federal agencies under section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly referred to as the ``Freedom of Information Act''). (c) Membership.-- (1) In general.--The Commission shall be composed of 16 members of whom-- (A) 3 shall be appointed by the chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate; (B) 3 shall be appointed by the ranking member of the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate; (C) 3 shall be appointed by the chairman of the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives; (D) 3 shall be appointed by the ranking member of the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives; (E) 1 shall be appointed by the Attorney General of the United States; (F) 1 shall be appointed by the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; (G) 1 shall be appointed by the Archivist of the United States; and (H) 1 shall be appointed...

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In our experience, agency backlogs impose one of the greatest impediments to access under the FOIA and create a disparity across the federal government in the administration of the FOIA. Moreover, while backlogs have presented a longstanding problem in agency implementation of the FOIA, we still do not understand fully the conditions and practices that create those backlogs. Particularly in light of President Obama’s directive to agencies to reduce significant backlogs of outstanding FOIA requests, it is imperative that we identify the root causes of FOIA processing delays.

In our experience, agency backlogs impose one of the greatest impediments to access under the FOIA and create a disparity across the federal government in the administration of the FOIA. Moreover, while backlogs have presented a longstanding problem in agency implementation of the FOIA, we still do not understand fully the conditions and practices that create those backlogs. Particularly in light of President Obama’s directive to agencies to reduce significant backlogs of outstanding FOIA requests, it is imperative that we identify the root causes of FOIA processing delays.

Sunlight Foundation 3 years ago

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Bill Summary

The text of this bill was replaced making <a href="/bills/us/112/s627">The Budget Control Act of 2011</a>. The new bill has the same bill number S. 627, and the original FOIA bill no longer exists.

S. 626 American Shipping Reinvestment Act of 2011 S. 628 Alaska Railroad Right of Way Extension Act of 2011