Former President Jimmy Carter wrote a piece advocating amendments to the Freedom of Information Act that he says would allow a freer flow of information and foster trust in the government. He noted that Freedom of Information Act requests, which are supposed to be answered in 20 days, are taking as long as 905 working days at the Department of Agriculture and 1,113 working days at the Environmental Protection Agency. That’s too long.
He argued that amendments to the act — “such as covering all branches of government; providing an oversight body to monitor compliance; including sanctions for failure to adhere to the law; and establishing an appeal mechanism that is easy to access, speedy and affordable” — are needed to counter our increasingly secretive leaders.
Posted by Melissa Cooley
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