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Freedom of Information Act

FOIA Reference Materials

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  • DOJ FOIA Guide (March 2007)
    The "FOIA Guide" is an extensive discussion of the Act's exemptions and its procedural aspects that is prepared by the Department of Justice's Office of Information and Privacy.
  • Your Right to Federal Records (2006)
    This pamphlet is a joint publication of the Department of Justice and the General Services Administration concerning both the FOIA and the Privacy Act.
  • A Citizen's Guide to the FOIA (2005)
    A guide to both the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act prepared by the House Committee on Government Reform.
  • Freedom of Information Case List (May 2002)
    A compilation of judicial decisions, both published and unpublished, under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act of 1974, the Government in the Sunshine Act, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act.


  • FOIA Post
    A Web-based replacement for FOIA Update, established by the Office of Information and Privacy in 2001.
  • FOIA Update
    A newsletter containing FOIA information and guidance for federal agencies that was published by the Office of Information and Privacy from 1979-2000 (all issues compiled and keyword searchable).
  • Basic FOIA Training Manual

EXECUTIVE ORDER 13,392 “Improving Agency Disclosure of Information”



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