May 28, 2007

UPDATE: Bill to Create FOIA Ombuds Put on Secret Senate Hold

An unknown Senator has placed a "secret" hold on the Open Government Act, a bill that would strengthen the Freedom of Information Act by, among other things, creating an ombuds for FOIA disputes. Unless the hold is removed, the Senate will not act on the bill before adjourning for the Memorial Day recess. "It is both unfortunate and ironic that this bipartisan bill, which promotes sunshine and openness in our government, is being hindered by a secret and anonymous hold. This is a good government bill that Democrats and Republicans alike, can and should work together to enact," Sen. Leahy said in a May 24 floor statement. (Leahy's Statement.)

(Related post House Panel Approves Bill That Would Create Federal FOIA Ombuds; Are Ombuds the Solution to FOIA Disputes?)

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