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FOIA Guide Seminar Scheduled for December 19

As was preliminarily announced through FOIA Post two months ago -- see FOIA Post, "OIP Co-Director Richard L. Huff Retires After 36-Year Career" (posted 10/27/05) -- the Office of Information and Privacy is planning to hold its largest FOIA-training program, the FOIA Guide Seminar, upon completion of its biennial revision of the Freedom of Information Act Guide & Privacy Act Overview reference volume this coming year.

OIP has now made final booking arrangements for this program to be held on Tuesday, December 19, in the amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center Building in Washington, D.C., the same building in which it was last held in June 2004 after the completion of the May 2004 edition of the "FOIA Guide." As in the past, the seminar will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. or later, depending upon the volume of participation and the logistics of program coordination in this location, and will be conducted by OIP's current and former directors. See id. (noting that retired OIP director Richard L. Huff has volunteered to participate in the seminar one last time).

This governmentwide FOIA program, designed primarily for the agency access professional or agency official who needs only a periodic update on current FOIA case law and policy developments, is conducted by OIP with funding support from the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center, which makes it possible for it to be held in the Reagan Building's facilities. Arrangements have been made for the amphitheater to accommodate more than 650 attendees for this program.

As with other Department of Justice FOIA-training programs, this seminar is available to the employees of all federal agencies, free of charge, subject only to space limitations. See FOIA Post, "FOIA Training Opportunities, Fiscal Year 2006" (posted 7/21/05; supplemented 9/20/05, 1/26/06, 4/28/06, and 5/31/06). Now that the date for the seminar has been firmly set, agency FOIA personnel may call (202) 514-3642 to register for it.

Questions regarding the FOIA Guide Seminar, or about any of the Department of Justice's FOIA-training programs, also may be directed to OIP's Training Coordinator, Bertina Adams Cleveland, at (202) 514-1010.  (posted 1/20/06; supplemented 5/31/06)

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