November 08, 2007

Congressional Effort to Create FOIA Ombuds at Impasse

Negotiations between House and Senate on an overhaul of the Freedom of Information Act have stalled and it appears likely the legislation will not be passed this year. The conference committee has been unable to resolve legislative differences involving the recovery of attorney fees if requesters succeed in suing to force release of information. There appears to be little disagreement over the the House and Senate provisions that would create an ombudsman to mediate FOIA disputes. (

Prior posts: Senate Approves FOIA Bill, Including Ombuds; Coalition Advocates Federal FOIA Ombuds; Are Ombuds the Solution to FOIA Disputes?

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