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z The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): Department of Justice

"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."

Department of Justice


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Open Government Plan

"Through this Open Government Plan, the department sets forth ongoing and anticipated efforts to increase openness . The Open Government Plan is tied to the department's core missions and includes updates on our previous plan and new initiatives efforts to improve openness.

The principles of transparency, participation and collaboration that underlie the Open Government Initiative are also critical to fulfilling other core missions of the department. The department has three main missions:

  • Prevent terrorism and promote the nation's security;
  • Prevent crime, enforce federal laws and represent the rights and interests of the American people; and
  • Ensure the fair and efficient administration of justice.

The original plan, issued in 2010, contained ambitious goals intended to set the department on a road toward greater transparency, participation and collaboration. In the first section of this plan, we've revisited those goals and provided updates regarding the status of programs and projects we previously discussed. Many of our original projects have been completed and now serve as a resource to the public and our partners.

In the later sections of the plan, we've described new initiatives and projects that the department has begun to implement, or will implement, in the near future.

Like our initial plan, we provide this plan to the public, knowing it will change and grow in response to feedback we receive.

We look forward to comments and ideas about how we can continue to work toward an increasingly open Department of Justice." (

Go to their website to check out the full plan.


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