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Is the Freedom of Information act broken? : background, perspectives and  Cover Image E-book E-book

Is the Freedom of Information act broken? : background, perspectives and

Reed, Sheila, (editor.).

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  • OCLC: ocn952337024
  • ISBN: 1634849493
  • ISBN: 9781634849494
  • ISBN: 163484954X
  • ISBN: 9781634849548
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource.
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  • Published: New York :Nova Publishers,2016.
  • Publisher: New York : Nova Publishers, 2016.

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: IS THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT BROKEN? BACKGROUND, PERSPECTIVES AND RECOMMENDATIONS ; IS THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT BROKEN? BACKGROUND, PERSPECTIVES AND RECOMMENDATIONS ; CONTENTS ; PREFACE ; Chapter 1 THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA): BACKGROUND, LEGISLATION, AND POLICY ISSUES ; SUMMARY ; INTRODUCTION1 ; FOIA BACKGROUND6 ; A Focus on the Executive Branch ; FOIA Exemptions ; Obama Administration Initiatives ; Department of Justice Guidance ; Soliciting Public Input ; The Open Government Directive ; FOIA STATISTICS ; FOIA Request Volume ; FOIA Processing
Backlogged Requests COSTS TO ADMINISTER FOIA ; USE AND GROWTH OF EXEMPTIONS ; Use of Exemption 2 after Milner v. Department of the Navy ; SOME POLICY OPTIONS FOR THE 114TH CONGRESS ; Reducing the Backlog of FOIA Requests ; Monitoring the Expansion of Additional Statutory b(3) Exemptions ; Amending the Exemption for Personnel Rules and Practices ; End Notes ; Chapter 2 THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT IS BROKEN: A REPORT* ; EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ; INTRODUCTION ; THE ADMINISTRATION'S CULTURE OF SECRECY ERODES TRUST ; Political Review Fosters Mistrust, Causes Delays, and Invites Malfeasance
Department of Homeland Security Department of State ; The Department of Justice ; The Executive Branch Has Adopted an Unlawful Presumption in Favor of Secrecy ; EXEMPTIONS ARE ABUSED ; Under the Redactions: A Side-by-Side Look ; Misapplication of Exemption (b)(5) ; Redaction of Non-Responsive Information ; Inappropriate (b)(6) Redactions ; More Stories of Ridiculous Redactions and Inappropriate Exemptions ; The On-going Investigation of a Closed Case ; Food and Drug Administration Redacts Curriculum Vitae ; DOJ Redacts the Titles of Office of Legal Counsel Opinions and the Names of Authors
Ph.D. Dissertation Materials Withheld by the Department of Energy EPA Hides Conversation with Third Parties ; INTRA-AGENCY CONSULTATION WASTES RESOURCES AND CAUSES DELAYS ; A Never Ending Consultation and Referral Process ; Delayed Referral Results in More Delay ; "Frustratingly Slow Process" ; AGENCIES ERECT ROADBLOCKS DESIGNED TO CLOSE CASES ; Unreasonable Standards for a "Reasonable Description" ; You Need the Contract to Get the Contract ; Too Big Is Not the Same as Too Vague ; The Waiting Game ; Hurry up and Wait ; You Aren't Still Interested Are You?
AGENCIES USE FEES AS A BARRIER TO PUBLIC ACCESS Exorbitant Fee Estimates Make FOIA Unusable ; Smaller Fees Can Also Be Problematic ; THE BIGGEST BARRIER OF ALL: DELAY, DELAY, DELAY ; A FOIA Response Case Study ; State Delays Research; Delays Cost the Taxpayer ; Requesters Shouldn't Need a Lawsuit to Get Responsive Documents; A Year's Worth of Data Takes More Time Than That to Process ; Unreasonable Delay in Determining an Unreasonable Description; "Something Is Desperately Wrong with This Process" ; CONCLUSION ; End Notes
Subject: United States.

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