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Defense Agency Adopts Favorable Open Government Rules After EPIC Comments

The Defense Logistics Agency, an agency component within Department of Defense, has amended its Freedom of Information Act rules. EPIC submitted extensive comments on the initial proposal. EPIC said that several of the proposals are contrary to law, exceed the scope of the agency's authority, and should be withdrawn. The final rule incorporates many of EPIC's recommendations. For example, DLA revised several key definitions, including "administrative appeal," "adverse determination, and "consultation," and modified its general FOIA policy to promote agency transparency. EPIC routinely comments on agency proposals that impact the rights of FOIA requesters. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Interior Department have adopted EPIC's recommendations on proposed FOIA rule changes. For more information, see EPIC: Open Government.

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