The Effects of Federal and State Public Information Acts on Highway and Transportation Department Activities

The impact of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on government will be felt for a long time. The concepts have been picked up by state legislatures and by state courts in interpreting their own public record and information statutes. Exorbitant costs and many abuses resulting from FOIA, apart from its impact on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have caused the current administration and the Congress to take a further look at the statute. Apart from the agencies mentioned, drastic changes are not anticipated but a lack of sympathy for the abusers of the FOIA is apparent from amendments already introduced. Perhaps this current mood extends to the private litigant who uses the Act as a discovery tool. Heretofore, Congress' major concern with the FOIA has been to amend it because of some restrictive Supreme Court decision. In the future, the Congress and the Supreme Court may both be more concerned with the broader effects of FOIA disclosures in relation to the overall welfare of the public.

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  • Authors:
    • Finch, Orrin F
  • Publication Date: 1982-12


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  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NCHRP Project 20-6
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  • Created Date: Oct 25 2018 1:51PM