Secrecy: FOIA

New Reports from CRS

By Raffaela Wakeman
Monday, February 25, 2013, 11:12 AM

Here are two new studies coming from the Congressional Research Service (h/t Federation of American Scientists' Secrecy News) that may be of interest to Lawfare readers. They focus on access to government information and criminal prohibitions on leaking classified defense information.

The first provides an overview of the four relevant statutes (the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and the Sunshine Act) that govern public access to government records, data on the use of FACA and FOIA, and freedom of information litigation.

The second report reviews some of the criminal statutes that are applicable to publishing classified information and assesses past efforts to criminalize leaking classified information.