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Bipartisan Legislation Introduced to Enhance Open Government

'The OPEN Government Act would add teeth to the FOIA by encouraging agencies to release information in a timely manner. The law would require agencies to assign tracking numbers to requests within 10 days of receipt. Agencies would also be obligated to create telephone or Internet services to allow individuals to track the status of their requests and estimated completion times for processing. Agencies failing to respond to a request within 20 days would lose the right to withhold information unless they could show good reason for the delay, or if disclosure would endanger national security, reveal personal or proprietary information, or violate the law.'

For more info on the above-mentioned bill, click here.

For more info on the Freedom Of Information Act, click here.

(Source: Electronic Privacy Information Center bulletin)