FULLY-AUTOMATED FILL-IN-THE-BLANK FORM LETTERS FOR:
FOIA REQUESTS  AND STATE-BY-STATE RECORDS REQUESTS 
OTHER INTERNET RESOURCES:
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 .
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.
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:
- RCFP's "Homefront Confidential: How the War on Terrorism Affects Access to Information and the Public's Right to Know." 
- "Federal FOIA Appeals Guide." 
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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