RTDNA urges Senators to strengthen FOIA

March 8, 2016 11:00

As the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) approaches its 50th birthday, RTDNA and its partners in the Sunshine In Government Initiative (SGI) are encouraging Senators to pass needed reforms to strengthen the law.

In a letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, SGI's members thank the committee for passing the bill and encourage a vote by the full Senate, which passed a similar measure in 2014.

Contained in the legislation are provisions to require a presumption of openness for public records, strengthen the ability of the Office of Government Information Serivces to mediate disputes and improve FOIA practices, and improve the efficiency of FOIA using modern technology. More key elements are outlined in an SGI news release.

The letter concludes, "...now is the time for Congress to enact improvements to FOIA that will enhance government transparency and accountability. We will work to encourage all members of the United State Senate to support this good government bill."

Along with RTDNA, SGI members include the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the National Newspaper Association, the Newspaper Association of America, the Online News Association, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and the Society of Professional Journalists.