WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill that would ease Freedom of Information Act requests and speed up response times.
The FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014, passed Tuesday, was co-sponsored by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Politico reported.
The bill would put into action an executive memorandum by President Obama that calls on all agencies to have a "presumption of disclosure" to all Freedom of Information decisions.
Among other things, the bill would create a centralized online portal for FOIA requests through the Office of Management and Budget and establish a group that would recommend improvements to the request process.
FOIA requests currently can be daunting because they go through different agencies and offices, and can take weeks or months for a response.