Still Interested? Some Feds Hope You Will Give Up on FOIA Requests

August 12, 2015

Federal agencies sometimes wait months or years to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests — and then add insult to injury by writing requesters to ask if they are still interested in receiving the requested information.

The law, of course, requires agencies to respond within 20 working days. Good luck with that. Now the Justice Department's Office of Information Policy (OIP) has issued an official "guidance" that frowns slightly on overuse of the "still interested?" practice.

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