Freedom of information in the United States

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Freedom of information in the United States refers to the independent bodies of Freedom of information legislation at the federal level and in the fifty states.

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Federal level

The federal government is bound by several laws intended to promote openness in government. However, these normally apply only to federal bodies, leaving many institutions exempt compared to their counterparts in other countries.

Federal legislation

The most important was the Freedom of Information Act, signed into law on July 4, 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson.

Miscellaneous Authorative Federal Sources

Executive Order 13233, drafted by Alberto R. Gonzales and issued by George W. Bush on November 1, 2001 is used to limit the FOIA by restricting access to the records of former presidents.

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