On June 13, Congress passed the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, and President Obama signed the bill into law on June 30, nearly 50 years after the original Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) was first enacted. The new law was effective as of June 30.

On July 19, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Information Policy (“OIP”) issued its first guidelines relating to the Act, prompting agencies to begin carrying out new FOIA mandates in the way they respond to and give notice regarding FOIA requests. OIP said it will continue to issue guidance on the Act “on a rolling basis.”….