March 31, 1999
The Vice President
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Mr. Vice President:
Enclosed is a copy of the Department of Justice's 1998
annual report on certain activities pertaining to the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. Â§ 552 (1994 & Supp. II 1996).
In accordance with subsection (e)(5) of the Freedom of
Information Act, 5 U.S.C. Â§ 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 1998.
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 at
I can assure you of this Administration'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 in the strong spirit of government openness
established by President Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno.
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.