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  • FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015

    by Representative Jody B. Hice

    Posted on 2016-01-11

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    HICE of georgia in the house of representatives Monday, January 11, 2016 Mr. JODY B. HICE of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding and I rise in support of the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act.

    The Freedom of Information Act enables individual citizens to request records and information from federal agencies, and is therefore one of the greatest tools available to the public to ensure accountability and transparency.

    President Obama promised the American people that his administration would have an unprecedented level of openness. Unfortunately, the President has failed to deliver on his promise.

    Mr. Speaker, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report today that found a dysfunctional and ambiguous FOIA system. To quote from the report, ``The FOIA process is broken. Unnecessary complications, misapplication of the law, and extensive delays are common occurrences.'' H.R. 653 will make great strides in correcting, protecting, and ultimately strengthening FOIA by providing greater disclosure of records and encouraging greater federal agency compliance.

    Mr. Speaker, I urge all my colleagues to support H.R. 653.

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