March 31, 2004
The Honorable Richard B. Cheney
President of the Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Mr. President:
Enclosed is a copy of the Department of Justice's 2003 annual report on certain activities pertaining to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. Â§ 552 (2000), amended by 5 U.S.C.A. Â§ 552(a)(3)(A), (E) (West Supp. 2003).
In accordance with subsection (e)(5) of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. Â§ 552(e)(5), 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 2003.
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 www.usdoj.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, 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.
Robert D. McCallum, Jr.
Associate Attorney General
cc: Chairman, Committee on Governmental Affairs
Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary
Ranking Minority Member, Committee on Governmental Affairs
Ranking Minority Member, Committee on the Judiciary