2006 Letter to the House of Representatives

March 30, 2007

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Madam Speaker:

          Enclosed is a copy of the Department of Justice's 2006 annual report on certain activities pertaining to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552 (2000 & Supp. IV 2004).

          In accordance with subsection (e)(5) of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552(e)(5), 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 2006.

          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 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 Freedom of Information Act, in accordance with Executive Order 13,392, entitled "Improving Agency Disclosure of Information" (Dec. 14, 2005), 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,

 

          William W. Mercer
                                Acting Associate Attorney General

Enclosure

cc: The Honorable Henry A. Waxman
     Chairman
     Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

     The Honorable Thomas M. Davis
     Ranking Minority Member
     Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

 

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