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Passed Senate amended (08/25/1994)

Electronic Freedom of Information Improvement Act of 1994 - Amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to: (1) direct agencies to publish by computer telecommunications, or other electronic means if such communications are not available, all information required to be published in the Federal Register; (2) include among such required information a list of all statutes authorizing the agency to withhold information under such Act; (3) require reasonable efforts by the agency to provide records in an electronic format even when such records are not usually maintained in such format; (4) credit to agencies which have been found to be responsive to FOIA requests a percentage of the fees collected from such requests to offset compliance costs, at an agency's request; (5) provide for Government payment of the requester's out-of-pocket expenses in any case in which the agency has failed to comply with the FOIA request within prescribed time limits; (6) require an agency which violates such time limits to demonstrate that delay was warranted; (7) preclude treatment of routine agency backlogs as unusual circumstances warranting extension of time limits; (8) require denial notifications to specify the total number of denied records and pages considered in responding to the FOIA request; (9) mandate an agency first-in, first-out (FIFO) processing policy to determine the order in which requests are processed, allowing separate processing tracks for simple and complex requests; (10) mandate agency regulations governing FOIA requests for expedited access; (11) require deletions to be indicated on the released portion of the record where they were made; and (12) define "record" to include electronic information and "search" to include an automated examination to locate records.