The Most Recent FOIA Amendment
FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, Public Law No.114-185 (06/30/2016). 130 STAT. 538 (2016) (5 USC § 552, 5 U.S.C.A. § 552 5 U.S.C.S. § 552) (Effective: June 30, 2016)).
S. 337, - FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, is the latest version of the FOIA passed. It “mak[es] the most significant changes to the Freedom of Information Act in its 50-year history.” You can read more details about the passage in: Cheryl Bolen, Bill Would Make Biggest Changes in 50-Year History, 16 DIGITAL DISCOVERY & E-EVIDENCE 274-275 (6-23-2016). The most significant changes in the FOIA Improvement Act include:
“Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said the bill would go a long way toward eliminating the “withhold-it-because-you-want-to exemption” by federal agencies and would make more information available to the public.” 16 Digital Discovery & e-Evidence 274 (Supra.) This comment gives a hint of the dysfunction the reform act is meant to rectify. Senator Patrick Leahy stated, “With today’s passage of the bipartisan FOIA Improvement Act, we have chosen to let the sunshine in.”
Sponsor: Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Introduced 02/02/2015). (114th Congress (2015-2016).
Committees: Senate - Judiciary.
Committee Report: S. Rept. 114-4 - FOIA Improvement Act of 2015.
Congressional Record, Vol. 162 (2016):
Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents (2016):