News Briefs: Nov. 19, 2012
LIC Notes: FOIAOnline
The federal government collects a large amount of information that is never widely released. This information, however, can still be of great use and is still available to those who know how to access it. In 1966, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was passed, which allows people to obtain federal agency records, with a few specific exceptions. FOIA requests can be cumbersome and confusing, but a few agencies are trying to alleviate this problem with FOIAOnline.
FOIAOnline provides one location to submit and track your own FOIA requests and search other users’ requests. The following agencies are participating in the program:
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Department of Commerce (except the US Patent and Trademark Office)
- Office of General Counsel of the National Archives and Records Administration
- Merit System Protection Board
- Federal Labor Relations Authority
Interested in submitting a FOIA request to an agency that is not listed above? See How to Make a FOIA Request on FOIA.gov for tips on writing a request.