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H.R.1211: FOIA Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about government operations and politics
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Sponsor Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 2 (All Democrats)
Introduced March 15, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 26, 2014
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Bill Summary

FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014 or the FOIA ACT - (Sec. 2) Amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to:

  • require federal agencies to make disclosable public records available in an electronic, publicly accessible format;
  • require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to ensure the existence and operation of a single, free website for submitting requests for records, receiving automated information about the status of a FOIA request, and filing appeals;
  • prohibit an agency from withholding information under FOIA unless such agency reasonably foresees that disclosure would cause specific identifiable harm to an interest protected by an exemption under FOIA or if disclosure is prohibited by law (presumption of openess);
  • expand the functions and reporting requirements of the Office of Government Information Services within the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA);
  • require the Office of Government In...

    (Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 26, 2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Feb. 25, 2014

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 410 - 0 (Roll no. 63). (text: CR H1887-1890)

Feb. 25, 2014 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H1921-1922)
Feb. 25, 2014 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
Feb. 25, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1211.
Feb. 25, 2014 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H1887-1891)
Feb. 25, 2014 Mr. Issa moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended. (consideration: CR H1887)
July 16, 2013 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 112.
July 16, 2013 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H. Rept. 113-155.
March 20, 2013 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
March 20, 2013 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
March 15, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.