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Legal Topics: Freedom of Information Act

Statutes: (Additional statutes, regulations & opinions may apply to your specific situation.)

  • FOIA, 5 U.S.C. § 552.
  • Resources:

  • The Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act (2009 Edition) KF5753.A315 F73. An overview discussion of the FOIA's procedural requirements, exemptions, and litigation considerations.
  • FOIA.gov, from the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • FOIA Contacts at Federal Agencies, from the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • FOIAonline. "FOIAonline allows you to submit FOIA requests to all participating agencies from this website, track the status of requests, search for requests submitted by others, and generate up-to-the-minute reports on FOIA processing."
  • Government FOIA Guides, from OGIS.
  • How to Make a FOIA Request, from the National Security Archive at The George Washington University.
  • Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the "FOIA Ombudsman."
  • Your Right to Federal Records, a downloadable publication from USA.gov.
  • Related Topics: Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and Open Meeting Law


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