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Informed citizenry, now at reduced price: OMB announces new fee guidelines for public

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Informed citizenry, now at reduced price: OMB announces new fee guidelines for public

05.14.20 11:54 AM

Have you ever wondered if your office building passed its last safety inspection? Or whether itís safe for your kids to swim in that lake on the other side of town? Maybe you want to learn what considerations went into the latest COVID-19 public health guidance. You should be able to find the answers to these questions in public records. But accessing them is a lot more difficult than youíd think. Information empowers Americans to hold government accountable to serving their needs and protecting their rights. And in a crisis, information is especially crucial. With that background, a new proposed rule from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is cause for celebration. Open government groups have been pushing to ensure that the 1967 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lives up to its purpose of promoting an informed citizenry. These efforts have paid off. On May 4, 2020, OMB published proposed revisions to its 30-plus year-old guidance on the fees federal agencies should charge FOI requestors for producing the records they seek. It isnít unheard of for agencies to charge requestors thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars for access to documents. We can only guess at how […]

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