Summary of Principal Changes in Freedom of Information Act made by 1974 Amendments

ATTACHMENT D -- Summary of Principal Changes in Freedom of Information Act made by

1974 Amendments

Changes Place in Amended Act
1. Publication or alternative requirement concerning indexes of

(a)(2) materials

552(a)(2)
2. Administrative time limits and extensions, and contents of denial

letters

552(a)(6)
3. Uniform agency fees for search

and duplication

552(a)(4)(A)
4. Disciplinary proceedings for

arbitrary or capricious denials

552(a)(4)(F)
5. In camera inspection by court

of requested documents

552(a)(4)(B)
6. Shortened time to answer complaint

in court

552(a)(4)(C)
7. Attorney fees award for requesters

who prevail

552(a)(4)(E)
8. Revision of exemption 1 for defense

and foreign policy records classified under Executive Order

552(b)(1)
9. Revision of exemption 7 for

investigatory law enforcement records

552(b)(7)
10. Availability of "reasonably

segregable portion" of record

552(b) (at end of subsection)
11. Annual reports to Congress

552(d)

(In addition, the 1974 Amendments make a number of other changes in the Act which, for the

purposes of most agencies, are believed to be generally less significant.)

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