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  • Foiapresentation Final

    1. 1. Freedom of Information Act <ul><li>Presented by Kate Dohe, LIS 611 - 10.21.2008 </li></ul>
    2. 2. The Schilling-Dohe Wedding <ul><li>There’s a good reason for showing this. </li></ul>
    3. 3. My Mother <ul><li>Former investigative journalist </li></ul><ul><li>Winner of several awards </li></ul><ul><li>Currently the PR director for a nonprofit environmental organization </li></ul>
    4. 4. My Husband <ul><li>Naval Analyst </li></ul><ul><li>...And that’s all I can say </li></ul>
    5. 5. The Link <ul><li>My mother has requested many documents under the Freedom of Information Act </li></ul><ul><li>My husband has wielded the Black Magic Marker on documents requested under FOIA </li></ul>
    6. 6. So What Is the FOIA? <ul><li>Enacted in 1966, with the companion Privacy Act in 1974 </li></ul><ul><li>Updated in 2007 with the OPEN Act </li></ul><ul><li>Intended to provide guidelines for the disclosure of government information </li></ul><ul><li>Need to know vs. right to know mentality </li></ul>
    7. 7. What a FOIA Can Get You <ul><li>Government records of a non-sensitive nature </li></ul>
    8. 8. ...And What It Can’t
    9. 9. Documents from Elected officials
    10. 10. Federal Judicial Documents
    11. 11. Classified Documents
    12. 12. Internal Personnel Rules
    13. 13. Information Exempt Under Other Laws
    14. 14. Confidential Business Information
    15. 15. Internal Government Communications
    16. 16. Personal Privacy Information
    17. 17. Financial Institutions
    18. 18. Geological Information
    19. 19. CIA Records
    20. 20. The FOIA Today <ul><li>Political efforts to increase secrecy </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer requests being made </li></ul><ul><li>87% fulfillment rate </li></ul><ul><li>Some have been unfulfilled since 1989 </li></ul>
    21. 21. <ul><li>Legislation sponsored by Patrick Leahy in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of an independent ombudsman to mediate conflicts </li></ul><ul><li>In reality... </li></ul>“Open Government”
    22. 22. Any Questions?
    23. 23. Sources <ul><li>2008. &quot;Revised FOIA Bill Becomes Law.&quot; Information Management Journal 42, no. 2: 6-6. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts , EBSCO host (accessed October 21, 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>2008. &quot;Bush Backtracks on Transparency.&quot; Information Management Journal 42, no. 3: 7-7. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts , EBSCO host (accessed October 21, 2008). </li></ul><ul><li>OPEN GOVERNMENT: REINVIGORATING THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT . Washington, D.C.: United States Federal Government, 110th Congress., 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>A CITIZEN’S GUIDE ON USING THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT AND THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974 TO REQUEST GOVERNMENT RECORDS. Washington, D.C.: United States Federal Government, GPO., 2003. </li></ul><ul><li>The State of the FOIA: Assessing Agency Efforts to Meet FOIA Requirements. Washington, D.C.: United States Federal Government, 110th Congress., 2007. </li></ul>

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