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* about FOIA

Posted by DXer on August 5, 2009

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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

  • signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 6, 1966 (Public Law 89-554, 80 Stat. 383; Amended 1996, 2002, 2007).
  • The act allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the U.S. Government.
  • The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures and grants nine exemptions to the statute.

Scope

  • The act explicitly applies only to federal government agencies.

NOTE: there are also FOIA for some state governments

  • Along with making public and accessible all bureaucratic and technical procedures for applying for documents from that agency, agencies are also subject to penalties for hindering the process of a petition for information.

Exemptions

In 1976, Exemption 3 of the FOIA was amended so that several exemptions were specified:

1) information relating to national defense,

  • 2) related solely to internal personnel rules and practices,
  • 3) related to accusing a person of a crime,
  • 4) related to information where disclosure would constitute a breach of privacy,
  • 5) related to investigatory records where the information would harm the proceedings,
  • 6) related to information which would lead to financial speculation or endanger the stability of any financial institution, and
  • 7) related to the agency’s participation in legal proceedings.

read the entire Wikipedia article at … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_Information_Act_(United_States)

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* new FOIA requests … 8-4-09

Posted by DXer on August 5, 2009

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DXer has submitted the following FOIA Requests …

CDC … 8/4/09 … FOIARequests@cdc.gov … all documents that have already been processed for production in response to requests by other requesters relating to the anthrax mailings of Fall 2001, including but not limited to efforts to determine the extent of contamination.

DTRA … 8/4/09 … efoia@dtra.mil …  all documents in the possession of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency that have already been processed for production in response to requests by other requesters relating to the anthrax mailings of Fall 2001 and the ensuing investigation.

EPA … 8/4/09 …  hq.foia@epamail.epa.gov … all documents in the possession of the Environmental Protection Agency that have already been processed for production in response to requests by other requesters relating to the anthrax mailings of Fall 2001 and the ensuing investigation.

Homeland Security … 8/4/09 …  foia@dhs.gov … all documents in the possession of the Department of Homeland Security that have already been processed for production in response to requests by other requesters relating to the anthrax mailings of Fall 2001 and the ensuing investigation.

National Guard … 8/4/09 …  FOIA@ng.army.mil … all documents in the possession of the National Guard that have already been processed for production in response to requests by other requesters relating to the anthrax mailings of Fall 2001 and the ensuing investigation.

Navy … 8/4/09 …  foia@mail.navy.mil … all documents in the possession of the Navy that have already been processed for production in response to requests by other requesters relating to the anthrax mailings of Fall 2001 and the ensuing investigation.

… DXer has previously submitted FOIA requests to

  • Defense Intelligence Agency
  • USAMRIID
  • DARPA
  • Defense Security Service
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • George Mason University
  • University of Michigan
  • State of Maryland
  • and others

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