Freedom of Information Act


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Freedom of Information Act

a law requiring federal agencies to provide access to information, with some exceptions, upon request. Amendments to the original law have made it easier for individuals to review agency records. The Department of Health and Human Services provides indices to assist the public and makes many records available on the WEB sites of its offices.
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The consultation on the Freedom of Information Act, being undertaken by an "independent commission" appointed by the Government, is a full frontal attack on these principles.
What may come as something of a surprise to Mr Grayling is that researchers working for the Welsh Conservative Party regularly use the Freedom of Information Act to obtain data they release to the media to reveal perceived shortcomings in the Labour-run Welsh Government.
Fears have been raised about the Freedom of Information Act (FoI), which aims to give the public access to the things they pay for, after a consultation was launched.
Police made 8,511 arrests of children aged between 10 and 12 over the past two years, according to figures released by forces in England and Wales under the Freedom of Information Act.
The list has been posted online by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy watchdog group who filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act before suing to obtain the release of the documents.
I think it is about time we had total transparency within the council, and that Clr Khan answer all questions put to him as far as the Freedom of Information Act is concerned, by an independent, unbiased individual, in a totally open hearing, and not in secret, as at present.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, the agencies have 20 business days legally to respond.
I trust the council will now embrace the Freedom of Information Act instead of trying to avoid scrutiny over how it spends public money.
Similarly, if the opinion finds no violation of the Act, the person who filed the Freedom of Information Act request also may begin an administrative review.
Harriet Harman, pictured, and Gordon Brown have tried to get the Freedom Of Information Act amended so that it did not apply to MPs' expenses.
they also agreed to strictly abide by the law and to attend an Freedom of Information Act workshop conducted by the commission staff within 60 days of the final decision, which is dated Oct.
Information has been refused on the grounds that the train operator is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act.

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