Key FOIA Resources on the Internet

FULLY-AUTOMATED FILL-IN-THE-BLANK FORM LETTERS FOR:

FOIA REQUESTS AND STATE-BY-STATE RECORDS REQUESTS

 

OTHER INTERNET RESOURCES:

Government Agencies
Private Organizations

 

Government Agencies

A Citizen's Guide on Using the FOIA
A comprehensive 1999 report by the U.S. House Committee on Government Reform.

U.S. Department of Justice FOIA Page
The lawyers who advise agencies on 5 U.S.C. § 552 (full text of the law) provide a list of FOIA Contacts at Federal Agencies and other advice you can use.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency FOIA Homepage
Reference materials include EPA's FOIA Manual and FOIA Task Force report, FOIA regulations (also in PDF), annual reports on the agency's FOIA actions, and an EPA phonebook.

Private Organizations

Art of Access
A companion to the textbook of the same name, this blog offers strategies for accessing public records, by David Cuillier, chairman of the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Freedom of Information Committee, and Charles N. Davis, executive director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and associate professor at University of Missouri School of Journalism teaching access to information and media law.

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
Video/RSS/podcasts, news/analysis/commentary, reports, publications, First Amendment Library, and more.

Freedom of Information Act (FOI-L) listserv and archive
State and local access issues.

Investigative Reporters and Editors
And the IRE FOIA Center homepage.

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), guides on How to Use the FOIA and Access to Electronic Records, and biweekly updates by email on news media legal developments. See also:

Right-to-Know Network
Searchable environmental databases including the Toxics 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.

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