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Bush Budget Would Kill FOIA Ombudsman

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President Bush send a 2009 budget to Congress that would repeal a key section of the Freedom of Information Act…

President Bush send a 2009 budget to Congress that would repeal a key section of the Freedom of Information Act reform legislation he signed just before Christmas. His budget eliminates the Office of Government Information Services – an ombudsman – and moves those functions to the Justice Department, which is charged with defending agency FOIA decisions to withhold information. The budget proposal, which must go through Congress, was immediately criticized by the bill’s sponsors and open government advocates

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