DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE 1999 CALENDAR YEAR REPORT ON FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT LITIGATION AND COMPLIANCE ACTIVITIES: COVER LETTER

April 6, 2000

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 1999

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 1999.

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

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

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.

Sincerely,

Daniel Marcus

Acting Associate Attorney General

Enclosure

cc:

Chairman, Committee on Government Reform

Ranking Minority Member, Committee on Government Reform

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