The FOIA and President Ronald Reagan
President Ronald Reagan made no attempt at a major legislative
overhaul of the FOIA, but the Congress did amend the law concerning waivers
of fees and restrictions concerning law enforcement records. However,
in 1984, the Congress did pass the Central Intelligence Agency Information
Act, which put records of some branches of the CIA out of public reach
under the FOIA (this will be the subject of an supplementary National Security
Archive posting at a later date). Below are links to documents highlighting
Congressional and Administration views on the 1986 amendments to the FOIA.
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||US Attorney General Edwin Meese III’s Memo Concerning the 1986 Amendments
to the FOIA (“A Memorandum for the Executive Departments and Agencies Concerning
the Law Enforcement Amendments to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 USC
Sec. 552, Enacted as the Freedom of Information Reform Act of 1986, Sections
1801-1804 of the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, 100 Stat. 3207, 3207-48 (October
27, 1986)”, dated December 1987) (http://www.usdoj.gov/04foia/86agmemo.htm)