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    Public Accountability Acts

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    A discussion on main acts that affect public accountability:

    Freedom of Information Act
    Government in the Sunshine Act
    Regulatory Flexibility Act
    Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

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    As a result of growing public concern over the powers exercised by administrative agencies, Congress passed several laws to make agencies more accountable through public scrutiny. We discuss here the most significant of these laws:

    Freedom of Information Act
    Enacted in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires the federal government to discuss certain records to any person on request, even without any reason being given for the request. The FOIA exempts certain types of records. For other records, though, a request that complies with the FOIA procedures need only contain a reasonable description of the information sought. An agency's failure to comply with such a request can be challenged in federal district court. The media, industry trade associates, ...

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    The expert examines public accountability acts.