Justice Department Opposed 2014 FOI Reform Legislation

9 March 2016

The Obama administration  lobbied against legislation to reform the Freedom of Information Act that died in late 2014.

DOJ’s positions, unacknowledged at the time, are described in documents obtained through a FOIA lawsuit by Freedom of the Press Foundation. (Full DOJ memo laying out opposition to FOIA reform and 114 pages of other FOIA’d documents.)

The Foundation said the documents show that DOJ “vehemently objected to both House and Senate members on nearly all aspects of the bill from the very start.” DOJ said it was speaking for the entire administration.

See Freedom of the Press Foundation’s blog post analyzng the documents and VICE’s report based on the documents.

See FreedomInfo.org’s December 2014 post mortem on the death of the legislation.

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