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74.5892: Inglo

93d Congress
2d Session

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COMMITTEE PRINT

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
SOURCE BOOK: LEGISLATIVE MATERIALS,

CASES, ARTICLES

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COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY

JAMES 0. EASTLAND, Mississippi, Chairman JOHN L. MCCLELLAN, Arkansas

ROMAN L. HRUSKA, Nebraska SAM J. ERVIN, JR., North Carolina

HIRAM L. FONG, Hawaii PHILIP A. HART, Michigan

HUGH SCOTT, Pennsylvania EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts STROM THURMOND, South Carolina BIRCH BAYH, Indiana

MARLOW W. COOK, Kentucky QUENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota CHARLES MCC. MATHIAS, JR., Maryland ROBERT C. BYRD, West Virginia

EDWARD J. GURNEY, Florida JOHN V. TUNNEY, California

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SUBCOMMITTEE ON ADMINISTRATIVE PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE

EDWARD M. KENNEDY, Massachusetts, Chairman ILIP A. HART, Michigan

STROM THURMOND, South Carolina RCH BAYH, Indiana

CHARLES MCC. MATHIAS, JR., Maryland
ENTIN N. BURDICK, North Dakota EDWARD J. GURNEY, Florida
HN V. TUNNEY, California

THOMAS M. SUSMAN, Counsel
DONALD HARPER, Minority Counsel

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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL

UNITED STATES SENATE,
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY,

Washington, D.C.
Hon. JAMES O. EASTLAND,
Chairman, Senate Committee on the Judiciary,
Washington, D.C.

DEAR MR. CHAIRMAN: Last week the Freedom of Information Act celebrated its sixth year of operation. During that period of time the act has brought about numerous changes in policies, as well as in practices and procedures, of agencies with regard to the disclosure of information to the public. While these changes have been beneficial, the expectation of Congress that the doors of government would be opened to the public has not been fully realized. Thus around two hundred lawsuits have been instituted against the government to require disclosure of information, and this Subcommittee is faced with the task of fashioning legislation to clarify and strengthen the law.

The important role of the Freedom of Information Act in maintaining our system of government for and of the people, and the recent increase in interest in the problems raised by government secrecy have given rise to the presently heavy demand for background and materials on the history and operation of the act. The Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure has prepared, in response to this demand, the appended documents and materials which provide a basic source book for those members of Congress and the public wishing to learn about and to use the Freedom of Information Act. I request that the attached be printed as a committee print. Sincerely,

EDWARD M. KENNEDY,

Chairman.

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