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Want a preview of next year’s trends in Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and responses? Here’s a hint: Topics in the public consciousness tend to play a big role. As 2019 approaches, keep an eye on the increased scrutiny of public officials’ and government agencies’ business conduct, slow responses to FOIA filings, and a growing awareness of privacy and cybersecurity topics when planning your department’s resources to prepare or respond to FOIA requests.

This follows the experience of 2017 and 2018, when legal news and trends bore a strong resemblance to one another. Increasingly, “all news is national,” with news out of D.C. and big corporations dominating legal headlines.

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