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Government in the Sunshine Act

5 U.S.C. §552b

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Agency meetings, subject to certain exceptions, shall be open to the public. [5 U.S.C. §552b(b)-(c)]

The statute provides for the procedures to be followed to close, in whole or in part, an agency meeting to the public. [5 U.S.C. §552b(d)] The statute also provides for the procedures to be followed when an agency meeting is closed to the public. [5 U.S.C. §552b(f)]

Agencies must publicly announce and publish in the Federal Register the time, place, and subject matter of meetings, whether they are open or closed to the public, and the name of an agency official who can provide information about the meeting. [5 U.S.C. §552b(c)]

The statute provides for the procedures to be followed, and relief available, in actions to enforce the statute’s requirements. [5 U.S.C. §552b(g)-(i)]

The statute does not authorize withholding information from Congress. [5 U.S.C. §552b(l)]

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The statute is available from the U.S. Government Publishing Office: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2017-title5/html/USCODE-2017-title5-partI-chap5-subchapII-sec552b.htm