One of the main mechanisms by which the public can gather information about government activity is through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This Article suggests that FOIA contains inconsistencies that lead to a less transparent government. Gaps and ambiguities in its language that invite and require federal agency interpretation, are at odds with FOIA’s de novo standard of review. This Article suggests that FOIA’s public policy goals would be better served if Congress takes decisive action to clarify FOIA’s language and fill in such ambiguities and gaps.
Aram A. Gavoor & Daniel Miktus,
Oversight of Oversight: A Proposal for More Effective FOIA Reform,
Cath. U. L. Rev.
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