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Attorney General Issues Memorandum on FOIA Guidelines

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Memorandum on FOIA direction.
Attorney General Garland issued a memo to the heads of all executive departments and company with direction for the fair and effective authority of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland issued comprehensive new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) direction today that strengthen the federal government’s commitments to transparency in government operations and the fair and effective authority of FOIA.
In addition, The Attorney General’s FOIA guidelines direct federal departments and company to continue efforts to remove barriers to requesting and accessing government records and to reduce FOIA processing backlogs.
The direction note, for example, that the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review is changing a policy under which it had long required individuals to file FOIA requests to obtain official copies of their own records of immigration court proceedings.
The Attorney General encouraged all company to examine whether they have similar or other categories of records that they could make more readily accessible without requiring individuals to file FOIA requests.

Memorandum on FOIA Guidelines