President Obama Signs the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016

Freedom of Information Act Turns 50! President Obama signs the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016!

In July of 1966, the Freedom of Information Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This landmark bill expanded access to public records and paved the way for greater accountability in government activities. FOIA has seen many changes in the last 50 years, especially in the wake of the Watergate scandal and the 9/11 attacks. The digital age introduced additional considerations and changed the law substantially, and on June 30, 2016, the law was revised yet again when President Obama signed the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. In addition to open records reform, the Obama administration announced several other initiatives including the creation of a consolidated request portal for all FOIA requests, and the development of a Chief FOIA Officers Council to chart a course for FOIA’s future. Please visit the Law Library Events page for more information and links to additional resources about this historic legislation.