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z The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Open Government

"The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government." ~foia.gov

National Freedom of Information Center

"The Freedom of Information Center is a reference and research library in theDonald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism on the campus of the University of Missouri.

Established in 1958, the FOI Center and its founders were central to the effort to enact a national Freedom of Information Act. Four of the people associated with the Center have been named to the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame.

The FOI Center possesses the oldest and most comprehensive Freedom of Information library in the world, with a collection of more than one million articles and documents about access to information at the state, federal and local levels."(http://www.nfoic.org/foi-center)

Rosemary Award

The "Rosemary Award recogniz[es] the worst performance by a federal agency in complying with the Freedom of Information Act. The Award is named after President Nixon's secretary Rosemary Woods and the backwards-leaning stretch which she testified resulted in her erasing eighteen-and-a-half minutes from a key Watergate conversation on the White House tapes."  http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB182/rosemary.htm

White House on Transparency

 “The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails. The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears” (MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES)

 

The following are links to websites that will help you find further information from the White House to information on Open Government and the Freedom of Information Act.

White House Petition

Online Resources

Use these resources to further your search.

General Services Administration

What does GSA do? Why are they an authority on FOIA?  What is their purpose?

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