President Orders Presumption of Disclosure in FOIA Matters

President Orders Presumption of Disclosure in FOIA Matters

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On January 21, 2009, President Obama, on his first full day in office, issued a memorandum emphasizing a shift towards government transparency. The memorandum noted that "the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which encourages accountability through transparency, is the most prominent expression of a profound national commitment to ensuring an open Government," and instructed that FOIA should be administered by federal agencies with a "clear presumption" that "[i]n the face of doubt, openness prevails." The memorandum directed the Attorney General to issue and publish new guidelines governing FOIA. For more on the President's memorandum, see our recent Email Alert.