EPIC Joins Open Government Groups in Support of FOIA Reform

EPIC and a coalition of open government advocates has urged Congress to pass FOIA reform legislation. In response to a request from the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the coalition expressed support for the FOIA Act of 2015, specifically praising a provision limiting the use of Exemption 5, which has enabled the growth of secret law. In EPIC v. DOJ, EPIC argued that agencies improperly use Exemption 5 to hide government documents from public scrutiny. EPIC also filed an amicus in NY Times v. DOJ, a successful challenge to the secrecy of the legal memos justifying the government's "targeted killing" drone program.

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