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2009 Guide to the Freedom of Information Act

BOOK COVER0001.JPGAs a Federal Depository Library, we receive select U.S. Government Printing Office publications at no charge. One recent acquisition is the 2009 Guide to the Freedom of Information Act. FOIA, 5 U.S.C. §552, establishes which records federal agencies should and can make available to the public via request and which records can be withheld.

The annotated 2009 Guide covers all aspects of the Freedom of Information Act, including:

  • Procedural Requirements for filing a FOIA, including fees.
  • Records exempt from a FOIA request, as described under 5 U.S.C. §552(b).
  • Litigation Considerations, including a general description of a FOIA lawsuit.

If you don't have time to stop by the law library to read the guide, you can find the full text online at the U.S. Department of Justice FOIA page. You can also find links to FOIA pages from a variety of federal agencies and a list of Federal Agency FOIA contacts.

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