Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of Information Act

Freedom of Information Act

In line with Lotte E. Feinberg

about Freedom of Information Act in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted to make accessible to members of the general public, as their right, the records held by federal executive branch departments and agencies. It is based on the belief that government belongs to the people and they have a right to know what their government is doing and why. The FOIA (5 United StatesC. 552) provides for routine release of most requested executive branch government records within specified, relatively narrow, time limits unless the records fall within nine specific categories of exemptions. It requires uniform fees, which can be waived, for all aspects of the process, from searching for the records to duplicating them and in some instances reviewing them to determine if they can be released. Requesters are entitled to written explanations if their requests are denied.

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