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January 28, 2013

Study Shows Rise in FOIA Lawsuits During Obama's First Term
By Zoe Tillman

A new study details the growing number of lawsuits filed under the federal Freedom of Information Act during President Barack Obama's first term in office. The study, announced last week by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, or TRAC, showed that number of FOIA lawsuits filed went up by about 6 percent between President George W. Bush's second term and Obama's first term. Comparing the last two years of those terms, TRAC found that the number of FOIA lawsuits jumped by 28 percent, from 562 under Bush to 720 under Obama. TRAC, which is housed at Syracuse University, noted in its release that the two-year time periods at the end of each term might be a more meaningful time period to study because there's often a delay in filings during the transition to a new administration.

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