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Transparency Bill Would Create Portal for U.S. Records Requests

Two top lawmakers in the U.S. House will release a draft bill that would for the first time create a single portal for requesting records from federal agencies.

The measure is sponsored by Representatives Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Elijah Cummings, the panel’s top Democrat. It would put the burden on the government to show why information should be withheld in response to Freedom of Information Act requests, according to draft legislation obtained by Bloomberg.