CRS: The Freedom of Information Act and Nondisclosure Provisions in Other Federal Laws

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on September 27, 2010

The Freedom of Information Act and Nondisclosure Provisions in Other Federal Laws, Gina Stevens, Legislative Attorney, September 13, 2010

  • “Congress has enacted legislative exemptions from FOIA to provide assurance that private information submitted to government agencies will not be disclosed or will only be disclosed in limited situations. Generally, the legislation has exempted covered information from disclosure under FOIA. Congress has recognized that some situations do not fall within FOIA’s framework. The proliferation of legislative exemptions from FOIA has resulted in widespread concern that information that needs to be shared will be inappropriately withheld. To respond to these concerns, Congress enacted the OPEN FOIA Act of 2009, P.L. 111-83, which requires that when Congress provides for a statutory exemption to FOIA, Congress must state its intention clearly.”
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