Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Sunshine Laws

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Sunshine Laws
The Freedom of Information Act and the Sunshine Laws help to preserve government integrity and accountability be preventing government officials from operating outside the scrutiny of the public eye. The politicans and beauracrats who now run our country work for us, and it is our responsibility to monitor and manage them.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which can be found in Title 5 of the United States Code, section 552, was enacted in 1966 and generally provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. All agencies of the Executive Branch of the United States Government are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them, except for those records (or portions of them) that are protected from disclosure by the nine exemptions and three exclusions of the FOIA. This right of access is enforceable in court. The FOIA does not, however, provide access to records held by state or local government agencies, or by private businesses or individuals.

U.S. Department of Justice FOIA Page

FBI FOIA Page

Restricted Data Declassification Decisions: 1946 to the Present

Society of Professional Journalists FOI Page

Citizen's Guide on Using the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974 to Request Government Records

Tapping Officials' Secrets

A complete compendium of information on every state's open records and open meetings laws.

Blackstone's Guide to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Freedom of Information Act Guide and Privacy Act Overview Freedom of Information and the Right to Know : The Origins and Applications of the Freedom of Information Act
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