President Bush Signs Open Government Act

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On the last day of 2007, President Bush signed the Open Government Act of 2007. This Act amends the Freedom of Information Act and puts in place a tracking system so that both citizens and the media can determine the status of their FOIA requests, if such request will take longer than ten days to process. This bill also establishes an Office of Government Information Services within the National Archives and Records Administrationto to review compliance with FOIA policies, recommend policy changes and offer mediation services between FOIA requestors and administrative agencies. This new law also adds a provision such that an agency cannot charge for research and copying if the 20 day deadline to respond to public records requests is not met.

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