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Freedom of Information Act (Federal) Research Guide

This guide discusses how to use the federal Freedom of Information Act , 5 U.S.C. 552, to obtain records from federal government agencies when those records are not published in the Federal Register or distributed by the Government Printing Office.

Open Government Act of 2007

On December 31, 2007, the OPEN Government Act of 2007 was signed into law amending sections of the Freedom of Information Act for the first time in over a decade. Senate Report 110-059 discusses the intent of this act. The Act aims to eliminate backlog of FOIA requests by setting time limits for agencies to act on requests. It also establishes an ombudsman within the National Archives and Records Administration to oversee agency policies and procedures, audit agency performance and recommend policy changes. Here are a few articles commenting on the new legislation: