The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 653, “The FOIA Improvement Act,” to much self-praise Tuesday, which now moves on to the Senate. But the revisions of format and timeliness missed the mark of transparency for government information release, so coyly noted in a lengthy piece in the New York Times on Monday.
A better solution would be for government to automatically disclose information online before it was requested, paraphrasing Prof. Margaret B. Kwoka of the University of Denver, as quoted in the New York Times’ story on Monday.
Publish government information without request…A solution long advocated by this blogger, and the principle of public notice generally. Thank you! If only the House and Senate would notice.