2000 Calendar Year Report on Department of Justice Freedom of Information Act Litigation Activities: Cover Letter to House

April 3, 2001

The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Mr. Speaker:

Enclosed is a copy of the Department of Justice's 2000

annual report on certain activities pertaining to the Freedom of

Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552 (1994 & Supp. IV 1998).

In accordance with subsection (e)(5) of the Freedom of

Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552(e)(5), as amended by the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996, Pub. L. No.

104-231, this report contains information regarding Freedom of

Information Act litigation cases and also includes a description

of Department of Justice efforts to encourage agency compliance

with the Act during calendar year 2000.

Additionally, in accordance with subsection (e)(3) 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

the Department's FOIA Web site, at

www.usdoj.gov/oip/04_6.html.

I can assure you of the Department of Justice's firm commitment

to the Freedom of Information Act, as amended by the Electronic

Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996, and to its faithful implementation. 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,

      Robert S. Mueller, III

                    Acting Deputy Attorney

General

Enclosure

cc:   Chairman, Committee on Government Reform

Ranking Minority Member, Committee on Government Reform

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