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Electronic Freedom of Information Act (E-FOIA)

E-FOIA Reading Room
Includes frequently requested
records, final opinions, policy and interpretations/administrative staff manuals and other systems and references as required by E-FOIA.


What Electronic FOIA?

The Electronic FOIA (E-FOIA) Amendments (P.L. 104-231) which President Clinton signed into law in 1996, amends the Freedom of Information Act to include the following changes:

- Extends the time agencies must respond to request for information from 10 to 20 business days (excluding holidays).

- Requires agencies to make reasonable efforts to make records available in formats desired by requesters.

- Requires agencies to submit the annual reports by fiscal year;

- Requires agencies to make the reports available to the public by computer telecommunications or other electronic means.

.- Requires agencies to list their major information systems, record locator systems, and a reference guide or guide for obtaining information.

- Require agencies to establish electronic reading rooms that include agency policies, staff manuals, opinions made in the adjudication of cases, and an index of records released by FOIA that are likely to become the subject of subsequent FOIA requests.

Forest Service maintains only an electronic reading room. If you need to use the FS electronic reading room, you may make arrangements by contacting the FS FOIA Officer at 202-205-0444.

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