In comments to the Commerce Department about proposed changes to the agency's Freedom of Information Act regulations, EPIC urged the agency not to prematurely close requests. EPIC supported several changes that will make it easier for the public to obtain information from the government agency, but objected to a specific proposal that would allow the agency to terminate pending FOIA requests if requesters do not "reasonably describe the records sought." EPIC said the change was contrary to the purpose of the open government law. 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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Jerry Kang and Alan Butler