this is good news!

The top-notch finders of lost things – the National Security Archive – reports that both House and Senate have passed a bill that will improve the Freedom of Information Act.

The new law would mandate tracking numbers for FOIA requests that take longer than 10 days to process to ensure they will no longer fall through the cracks, require agencies to report more accurately to Congress and the public on their FOIA programs, create a new ombuds office at the National Archives to mediate conflicts between agencies and requesters, clarify the purpose of FOIA to encourage dissemination of government information, and provide incentives to agencies to avoid litigation and processing delays.

It may even be veto-proof. Time to let some sunshine in!

And in case you need to get some information – here’s a handy-dandy FOIA letter generator from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

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