The Department of Justice has a draft proposal on the "release to one, release to all" rule - This rule is a longwithstanding FOIA idea that if a release is made under the act, then the release is public material and can be released to all requesters. This used to be a release was made by mail to a requester and then other requesters, perusing FOIA logs or articles written by the original requesters, would seek the material. However, with the technological changes brought about by the internet, the time that the second requester can get this material is now mere seconds - and some journalists have complained about the policy. Thus, DOJ is proposing a new policy and seeking comments on it. For more on this issue, see the Justice link here.
The FOIA Project reports that there were more FOIA lawsuits filed during the Obama Administration than during the previous Bush Administration. Las Vegas has not yet posted the odds on the over/under during the upcoming Trump Administration.
The 21st Century Cures Act, which has passed Congress has a FOIA Exemption 3 statute in it - The applicable portion of the act reads as:
21st Century Cures Act just cleared by the Congress and soon to become law.
SEC. 2013. PROTECTION OF IDENTIFIABLE AND SENSITIVE INFORMATION.
Section 301 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 241)
is amended by adding at the end the following:
(f)(1) The Secretary may exempt from disclosure under section 552(b)(3) of title 5, United States Code, biomedical information
that is about an individual and that is gathered or used during the course of biomedical research if—
(A) an individual is identified; or
(B) there is at least a very small risk, as determined by current scientific practices or statistical methods, that some
combination of the information, the request, and other available data sources could be used to deduce the identity of an individual.
(2)(A) Each determination of the Secretary under paragraph (1) to exempt information from disclosure shall be made in writing
and accompanied by a statement of the basis for the determination.
(B) Each such determination and statement of basis shall be available to the public, upon request, through the Office of
the Chief FOIA Officer of the Department of Health and Human Services.
And finally, the Institute for Justice has filed a FOIA lawsuit against the IRS and Customs and Border Protection. The lawsuit concerns civil forfeiture issues and the complaint and more details can be found here.