March 31, 2008

The Honorable Richard B. Cheney
President of the Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Mr. President:

          Enclosed is a copy ofthe Department of Justice's 2007 annual report on certain activities pertaining to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552 (2006), amended by Open Government Act of 2007, Pub. L. No. 110-175, 121 Stat. 2524.

          In accordance with subsection (e)(6) of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552(e)(6), this report contains information regarding Freedom of Information Act litigation cases and also includes a description of the Department of Justice efforts to encourage agency compliance with the Act during calendar year 2007.

          Additionally, in accordance with subsection (e)(4) of the Freedom of Information Act, as amended, the Department of Justice has established "a single electronic access point" for the consolidated electronic availability of the annual FOIA reports of all federal agencies. These reports can be accessed through http://www.usdoi.gov/oip/04_6.html, on the Department's FOIA Web site.

          I can assure you of the Department of Justice's firm commitment to the faithful implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, in accordance with Executive Order 13,392, entitled "Improving Agency Disclosure of Information" (Dec. 14, 2005), and the Open Government Act of 2007. We look forward to continuing to work together with Congress, in a constructive partnership based upon our mutual interests in sound FOIA administration, on all matters pertaining to the Act.

Sincerely,

 

Gregory G. Katsas
Acting Associate Attorney General

Enclosure

cc: The Honorable Joseph I. Lieberman
     Chairman
     Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

     The Honorable Susan M. Collins
     Ranking Minority Member
     Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

     The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy
     Chairman
     Committee on the Judiciary

     The Honorable Arlen Specter
     Ranking Minority Member
     Committee on the Judiciary


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