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EPIC, Partners Draft Model FOIA Regulations

EPIC, together with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government, the National Security Archive, and Openthegovernment.org, has drafted model Freedom of Information Act regulations. Under the National Action Plan, the Department of Justice has been tasked with creating a uniform set of FOIA regulations that would apply across the government. EPIC’s model FOIA regulations are designed to make it easier for FOIA requesters to obtain agency documents, favorable fee status, and expedited processing. They would also create a balancing test that agencies would need to satisfy before asserting Exemption 5 for internal agency memos. The model FOIA regulations have received the endorsement of more than 25 transparency and accountability groups. For more information, see ModelFOIAregs.org and EPIC: Open Government.

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