On May 27th, the Senate passed by unanimous consent the Faster FOIA Act of 2011, S 627. According to a floor statement by Senator Leahy, one of the bill’s sponsors, “This important bill will establish a bipartisan commission to examine the root causes of agency delays in processing Freedom of Information Act — FOIA — requests, and to recommend to the Congress and the President steps to help eliminate FOIA backlogs.” Feel free to use Capwiz to thank Senators Mikulski and Cardin.
S 627 has now been moved to the House and referred to the Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. A companion bill, HR 1564, was also introduced and referred to the same committee in mid-April. Congressman Cummings serves on this committee.
For more details, please see the District Dispatch posting.