Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth's bipartisan amendment to the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act passed the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The amendment, which was cosponsored by Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC), would strengthen current law to ensure that government agencies respond to FOIA requests in a timely manner. FOIA requesters often face unreasonable delays in agency response time, despite the fact that the law requires agencies to meet a 20 day deadline. Congresswoman Duckworth's amendment would demand more accountability from agencies who fail to respond to FOIA requests in a timely manner.
"FOIA is a critical tool for Americans to demand the accountability they deserve from their government. If we're serious about government transparency, we must make sure that agencies are held accountable for failure to meet their obligations under FOIA. I want to thank Chairman Issa (R-CA) and Ranking Member Cummings (D-MD) for their leadership on this issue and I look forward to continuing to work across party lines to enact commons sense good government reforms."