1955 January 3

Civil Service Reports on Impact of Federal Loyalty Program


The U. S. Civil Service Commission reported on this day that 8,008 “security risks” had been separated from federal employment, and that 5,912 of those were unrelated to loyalty to the U.S. Questions about these removals prompted further inquiries by Rep. John E. Moss (D–California), who began hearings on government secrecy on November 7, 1955. These investigations eventually led to passage of the historic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), signed by President Lyndon Johnson on July 4, 1966.

Learn more about FOIA: http://www.foia.gov/

Learn more at the John E. Moss Foundation website: http://www.johnemossfoundation.org/

Read: Herbert Foerstel, Freedom of Information and the Right to Know: The Origins and Applications of the Freedom of Information Act (1999)

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