A Webpage to Accompany the Podcast
Historical FOIA Documents:
Finding Previously Released Materials:
- List of Agency ContactsWorldCAT
- Declassified Documents Reference System
- Digital National Security Archives
Submitting a Request:
Other FOIA resources:
Databases for Declassified Information (available through IU Libraries):
Selected FOIA Electronic Reading Rooms:
Central Intelligence Agency
Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division
Department of Justice, National Security Division (Current Site) (Archived Site)
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Federal Communications Commission
Government Documents on FOIA:
For an annotated bibliography of government documents pertaining to transparency and information policy under the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, click here (in pdf format).
"Freedom of Information Act." (P.L. 89-487). United States Statutes at Large. 80 Stat. 250.
- The original Freedom of Information Act, signed into law July 4, 1966, amended section three of the Administrative Procedure Act. As an effort "to clarify and protect the right of the public to information," the original act was codified and amended by P.L. 90-23 (81 Stat. 54) and P.L. 93-502 (88 Stat. 1561).
"Government in the Sunshine Act." (P.L. 94-409). United States Statutes at Large. 90 Stat. 1241.
- Signed into law on September 13, 1976, the Government in the Sunshine Act called for governmental agencies to make their meetings open to the public.
"Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986." (P.L. 99-570). United States Statutes at Large. 100 Stat. 3207.
- The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 made two significant amendments to the Freedom of Information Act, further restricting requests to intelligence agencies and codifying the fee and waiver system.
"Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996." (P.L. 104-231). United States Statutes at Large. 110 Stat. 3048.
- Responding to technological advances, the Electronic Freedom of Information Act requires agencies to provide information in a variety of formats, including electronic formats. In some cases that can reduce duplication fees by putting large files on CD-ROM.
"Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act." (P.L. 105-246). United States Statutes at Large. 112 Stat. 1859.
- This act requires disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act of "Nazi war criminal records without impairing any investigation or prosecution conducted by the Department of Justice or certain intelligence matters."
"Open Government Act of 2007." (P.L. 110-175). United States Statutes at Large. 121 Stat. 2524.
- The Open Government Act seeks to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act by adapting itself more fully to the digital environment, strengthening the disciplinary actions for agencies that reject requests unnecessarily, and creating the Office of Government Information within the National Archives and Records Administration to help ensure the effective implementation of FOIA policies.
Carter, Jimmy. "National Security Information." Executive Order 12065. June 28, 1978. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=31009
Reagan, Ronald. "Federal Regulation." Executive Order 12291. February 17, 1981. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=43424
_______. "National Security Information." Executive Order 12356. April 2, 1982. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=42356
_______. "Predisclosure Notification Procedures for Confidential Commercial Information." Executive Order 12600. June 23, 1987. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=34468
Clinton, William J. "Classified National Security Information." Executive Order 12958. April 17, 1995.http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=51235
_______. "Access to Classified Information." Executive Order 12968. August 2, 1995. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=51699
Bush, George W. "Further Implementation of the Presidential Records Act." Executive Order 13233. November 1, 2001.http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=61514
_______. "Further Amendment to Executive Order 12958, as Amended, Classified National Security Information." Executive Order 13292. March 25, 2003. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=61388
_______. "Improving Disclosure of Information." Executive Order 13392. December 14, 2005. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=65227
Obama, Barack H. "Presidential Records." Executive Order 13489. January 21, 2009.http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=76782
See other United States Government Guides.