[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 181 (Monday, September 19, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 57940-57941]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-23903]


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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

28 CFR Part 16

[OAG Docket No. 140; AG Order No. 3296-2011]
RIN 1105-AB27


Revision of Department of Justice Freedom of Information Act 
Regulations

AGENCY: Department of Justice.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: On March 21, 2011, the Department of Justice published a 
proposed rule revising its existing regulations under the Freedom of 
Information Act. The comment period for that rule closed on April 20, 
2011. The Department is reopening the comment period for an additional 
30-day period.

DATES: The comment period for the NRPM published on March 21, 2011 (76 
FR 15236), closed on April 20, 2011. This document reopens the comment 
period. Written comments must be postmarked and electronic comments 
must be submitted on or before October 19, 2011. Commenters should be 
aware that the electronic Federal Docket Management System will not 
accept comments after Midnight Eastern Time on the last day of the 
comment period.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http//www.regulations.gov.

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     FAX: (202) 514-1009. Send your comments to the attention 
of Caroline A. Smith.
     Mail: Caroline A. Smith, Office of Information Policy, 
U.S. Department of Justice, 1425 New York Ave, Suite 11050, Washington, 
DC 20530-0001.
    To ensure proper handling, please reference OAG Docket No. 140 on 
your correspondence. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further 
instructions for submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Caroline Smith ((202) 514-3642).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Posting of Public Comments

    Please note that all comments received are considered part of the 
public record and made available for public inspection online at http://www.regulations.gov. Such information includes personal identifying 
information (such as your name and address) voluntarily submitted by 
the commenter.
    You are not required to submit personal identifying information in 
order to comment on this rule. Nevertheless, if you want to submit 
personal identifying information (such as your name and address) as 
part of your comment, but do not want it to be posted online, you must 
include the phrase ``PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION'' in the first 
paragraph of your comment. You also must locate all the personal 
identifying information you do not want posted online in the first 
paragraph of your comment and identify what information you want 
redacted.
    If you want to submit confidential business information as part of 
your comment but do not want it to be posted online, you must include 
the phrase ``CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS INFORMATION'' in the first paragraph 
of your comment. You also must prominently identify confidential 
business information to be redacted within the comment. If a comment 
has so much confidential business information that it cannot be 
effectively redacted, all or part of that comment may not be posted on 
http://www.regulations.gov.
    Personal identifying information and confidential business 
information identified and located as set forth above will be placed in 
the agency's public docket file, but not posted online. If you wish to 
inspect the agency's public docket file in person by appointment, 
please see the paragraph above entitled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT.

Discussion

    On March 21, 2011, the Department of Justice published a proposed 
rule revising its existing regulations under the FOIA. (See 76 FR 
15236.) The rule proposed to amend the Department's regulations under 
the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The regulations will be revised 
to update and streamline the language of several procedural provisions, 
and to incorporate certain of the changes brought about by the 
amendments to the FOIA under the OPEN Government Act of 2007. 
Additionally, the regulations will be updated to reflect developments 
in the case law and to include current cost figures to be used in 
calculating and charging fees.
    The Department received a number of comments while the comment 
period on the proposed rule was open, but has decided to reopen the 
comment period in order to ensure that it receives, reviews, and 
considers as wide a range of comments as possible. Accordingly, the 
Department is reopening the comment period and will accept comments for 
an additional 30 days after publication of this notice of proposed 
rulemaking.

    Dated: September 12, 2011.
Eric H. Holder, Jr.,
Attorney General.
[FR Doc. 2011-23903 Filed 9-16-11; 8:45 am]
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