Essential Information v. USIA

Topic(s): 
Government Transparency — FOIA
Docket Number: 
97-5017
Case Description: 

This case challenged the USIA's assertion that a statute that forbids forbids the USIA from "disseminating" information domestically not only limits active dissemination of those USIA materials, but also bars disclosure in response to a request for specific records under FOIA. The briefs discuss the interpretation of Exemption 3 of the FOIA.

The district court granted summary judgment for USIA on November 27, 1996. We then appealed to the DC Circuit. Oral argument was held on December 9, 1997, and the court decided the case on February 10, 1998. Rehearing was denied on June 15, 1998.