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Oldest FOIA Request: 20 Years and Counting

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It’s been 40 years since the Freedom of Information Act went into operation, requiring federal departments and agencies to release non-exempt records of their operations to the public. A new study by the National Security Archives shows at least one requester has been waiting half that time to get documents. The study spotlights the oldest outstanding requests – at least in those agencies that responded to the organization/s FOIA request. 26 agencies still hadn’t after six months. (7/2/07)