Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Defensive Standards Hinder FOIA Openness


"When the Obama administration came to office in January 2009, it promised openness and transparency in government. On his first full day in office, President Barack Obama issued a memorandum concerning his administration’s beliefs on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), ordering federal officials to err on the side of openness. The President wrote that FOIA should be “administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails.” Pursuant to this memorandum, Obama’s new attorney general, Eric Holder, on March 19, 2009 issued a directive to emphasize the importance of the FOIA law’s purpose and “to ensure that it is realized in practice.”