Did you know that agencies are required under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 USC § 552(a)(2), to make available to the public five categories of records:
- final opinions, including concurring and dissenting opinions and orders, made in adjudicated cases;
- policy statements not published in the Federal Register;
- administrative staff manuals and instructions that affect the public;
- previously released records that are likely to become the subject of future requests and an index of such records; and
- a record of the final votes of each member in every agency proceeding?
Agencies generally make these documents available in their web-based FOIA reading rooms or libraries, which are the subject of the Tuesday January 22 FOIA Requester Roundtable, a quarterly meeting with requesters sponsored by OGIS and the Office of Information Policy (OIP), the government’s FOIA policy office.
“FOIA Libraries: Maximizing Usefulness from the Requester Standpoint,” will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on January 22 at OIP, 1425 New York Ave. NW, near the McPherson Square Metro stop on the Blue & Orange lines and Metro Center on the Red line.
Interested? E-mail your name and phone number to OIP Training Officer Bertina Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org). Registration is required and a picture ID is required to enter the building. If you can’t make it in person, call-in information will be provided upon registration. Questions? Call Ms. Adams at 202-514-1010. We hope to see you there!