U.S. General Accounting Office

Federally Funded Research at Institutions of Higher Education

Section III: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests for Research Data

In response to a directive (the Shelby Amendment) in the Omnibus Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 1999, OMB revised its Circular A-110 to require that a university provide data from a federally funded research project in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request if a federal agency has used the project's findings in developing an agency action that has the force and effect of law. This section contains two questions concerning FOIA.

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