H.R. 653: FOIA Act


Feb 2, 2015


Passed House on Jan 11, 2016

This bill passed in the House on January 11, 2016 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.


Darrell Issa

Representative for California's 49th congressional district



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Last Updated: Jan 12, 2016
Length: 37 pages


36% chance of being enacted (details)

About the bill

Full Title

To amend section 552 of title 5, United States Code (commonly known as the Freedom of Information Act), to provide for greater public access to information, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.


The FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015 (H.R. 653), or the FOIA Act, would require several changes to the current process of allowing individuals to obtain records from federal agencies, including establishing a single website for making FOIA requests and creating a Chief FOIA Officers Council to review and improve the process. The legislation also would:

  • Direct agencies ...

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Feb 2, 2015

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Mar 25, 2015
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Jan 11, 2016
Passed House

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Passed Senate

Signed by the President

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