The Clinton Administration Takes Action

Jon Wiener

in Gimme Some Truth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2000 | ISBN: 9780520216464
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924543 | DOI:
The Clinton Administration Takes Action

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President Clinton delivered a ringing endorsement of the FOIA in October 1993. He announced an “openness initiative” under which all federal agencies were required to renew their commitment to the Freedom of Information Act and to its sound administration. All agencies were obliged to take a fresh look at their administration of the Act, to reduce backlogs of FOIA requests, and to conform to a new standard in litigation. Up to that idea, almost a year into Clinton's first term, the Reagan administration guidelines still governed Clinton's Justice Department FOIA litigation. Under the new litigation guidelines promulgated the same day by Attorney General Janet Reno, the Department of Justice was forced to conduct a comprehensive review of all FOIA cases in litigation at that point, including Wiener v. FBI, to determine whether they met the new and higher standard required to justify withholding information: “foreseeable harm.”

Keywords: administration; agencies; litigation; Janet Reno; endorsement

Chapter.  6487 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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