Senate committee looking at FOIA weaknesses

The U.S. Senate Committee of the Judiciary agreed that the Freedom of Information Act is deficient as requests for information decrease but backlogs increase. (News Media Alliance, March 31, 2022, by Staff)

The onset of the pandemic caused delays as certain records were not accessible and Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill. said the volume of e-mails and other electronic records make it impossible for humans to conduct searches and redactions needed for release. Durbin wanted to know if artificial intelligence could help with the process. (Politico, March 29, by Josh Gerstein)

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