Exemptions

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Introduction

FOIA contains a number of exemptions that permit agencies to withhold responsive records or portions thereof in response to a request.[1]

List of Exemptions

Visit the following pages to read about FOIA's exemptions in more detail:

Non-responsiveness not a basis for withholding part of a responsive record

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has held that the redaction of non-responsive material within records that are otherwise responsive is improper.[2] "[O]nce an agency itself identifies a particular document or collection of material—such as a chain of emails—as a responsive 'record,' the only information the agency may redact from that record is that falling within one of the statutory exemptions."[3]

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References

  1. 5 U.S.C. § 552(b)
  2. American Immigration Lawyers Association v. Executive Office for Immigration Review, 830 F.3d 667 (D.C. Cir. 2016), available at http://foiaproject.org/dc_view/?id=3004220-DC-15-5201-appeal-opinion
  3. American Immigration Lawyers Association v. Executive Office for Immigration Review, 830 F.3d at 678-79