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August 05, 2007


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Other provisions would extend FOIA compliance to private contractors who keep records on government work and would protect fee waivers for "legitimate journalists, regardless of institutional association." That means waivers would apply to bloggers and others based on the Internet.

The legislation also would start the 20-day clock for agency action when the request is received.

I think the above is about the best news EVER.
However, I agree that after a point some ombudsmen do just that: another layer. NOT all of them. I've met a few who are genuine but they'll only go so far because (i assume) their appt. relies on getting along with those in power.

Tom Kosakowski

One of the unresolved issues is whether the FOIA ombudsman will be classical (aka legislative) or organizational. If the ombuds is classical, s/he would have the responsibility to investigate complaints and issue critical public reports. On the other hand, an organizational ombuds would use traditional alternative dispute techniques to resolve problems informally, and would not receive complaints. So the differences are significant, yet the legislation is not clear. Ombuds of both types are following this.


thank you

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