Online FOIA Resources
A comprehensive 1999 report by the U.S. House Committee on Government Reform.
Washington Post editorial, "Security, Not Secrecy," July 17, 2002; Page A22 Section B; Word Count 448. Available in the Post's archives for a fee.
ACLU guide to using the FOIA
A step-by-step guide including advice on exemptions and appeals.
The Federal Information Manual: How the Government Collects, Manages, and Discloses Information under FOIA and Other Statutes
The American Bar Association offers for sale P. Stephen Gidiere III's book of reference material, including glossaries of abbreviations and federal information statutes; a table of cases; appendices; checklists; a listing of useful public websites; and a comprehensive index. This may be a valuable resource for environmental researchers. The Environmental Protection Agency has many different statutory authorities to request information from outside parties, some that either complement or overlap each other. This book explains the details of the authority included in all major environmental statutes, including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, TSCA, and FIFRA. Published January 2006.
Fill-in-the-Blanks State Open Records Law Letter Generator
From the Student Press Law Center.
Freedom Forum First Amendment Center
With authoritative articles from a March 15, 2002, National Freedom of Information Day conference on access at a time of crisis and FOI developments in the White House, Congress, courts, in U.S. government secrecy and international.
National Freedom of Information Coalition
Supports efforts of state-level First Amendment and open government groups.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
The RCFP keeps track of journalism access issues around the world, releasing major reports as well as daily news briefs. It offers a Fill-in-the-Blanks FOIA Letter Generator, free 24-hour hotline for journalists with legal questions on almost any subject (1-800-336-4243), helpful documents such as the Federal Open Government Guide and Access to Electronic Records, and biweekly updates by email on news media legal developments. See also RCFP's "Homefront Confidential: How the War on Terrorism Affects Access to Information and the Public's Right to Know" (third edition, March 2003.)
Searchable environmental databases including the Toxic Release Inventory, Biennial Reporting System, CERCLIS, and civil cases filed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the EPA.
SPJ/SDX FOIA resources
The Society of Professional Journalists offers "Project Sunshine" in every state; "Open Doors," a comprehensive report on accessing government records; and the latest news.
Industry groups have been lobbying for FOI exemptions long before the 9/11 attacks. You'll find background on their efforts, as well as US Chamber of Commerce contact info, in the July 24, 2002 TipSheet.
A service established in 1958 by FOIA pioneers at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
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