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Issa, Cummings Propose New FOIA Compliance Bill

Darrell Issa, Elijah Cummings (pictured left to right)
Darrell Issa, Elijah Cummings (pictured left to right)

The top two lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have proposed new legislation that would require the government build a single portal for handling Freedom of Information Act requests.

Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) would also require agencies to post online documents that are requested under FOIA more than three times, Nextgov reports.

Joseph Marks writes the 2013 FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act would direct officials to look closely at a portal used to track FOIA requests in the Commerce Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, among others.

If passed and signed into law, Marks writes the bill would establish a council of chief FOIA officers at agencies as well.

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