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Freedom of Information: United States

Sources of information related to freedom of information
Last Updated: May 23, 2018 1:48 PM

United States

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)  5 U.S.C. 552, gives the public the right to request government records from Executive agencies.   The Privacy Act allows individuals to view and correct personal records that the federal government maintains about their lives and activities.


  • (U.S. Department of Justice) Provides background information about FOIA, tutorials for using the law. Statistics measure the number of requests, exemption, appeals, processing times, fee waivers, and backlogs.
  • United States Department of Justice.  Office of Information Policy.  FOIA Resources. “As part of its oversight and guidance responsibilities, OIP reviews inquires made by the public raising issues regarding agencies' compliance with the FOIA statute and the Attorney General's FOIA Guidelines.”

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