ERIC Number: ED090949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar-5
Reference Count: N/A
Amending Section 552 of Title 5, United States Code, Known as the Freedom of Information Act.
Congress of the U. S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Government Operations.
A House of Representatives bill (H.R. 12471) seeks to overcome certain major deficienceis in the administration of the Freedom of Information Act, as disclosed by investigative hearings held in 1972, in order to contribute to the fuller and faster release of information which is the basic objective of the act. The amendments provided in H.R. 12471 deal with the inadequacy of agency indexes of pertinent information, difficulties in procedures required for the requisite identification of records, Federal agency delays in responses to requests for information by the public, and the cost burden of litigation in federal courts to persons requesting information. Two additional amendments clarify the authority of the courts to examine the content of records alleged to be exempt from disclosure. New subsections are added to the Freedom of Information Act which strengthen Congressional oversight in the act's administration by requiring annual reports on information activities by every agency, and which broaden the definition of "agency" for the purposes of the Act. This pamphlet contains the text of H.R. 12471, background information, analysis and the views of the Departments of Defense and Justice on the bill. (Author/SL)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U. S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Government Operations.