How to File a FOIA Request


Making FOIA Work for You


Legislative History of the FOIA


Text of the FOIA


The Rosemary Awards


FOIA Audits


EFFECTIVE FOIA REQUESTING FOR EVERYONE
A National Security Archive Guide

"Using freedom of information law and extracting meaningful details from the yield can be an imposing, frustrating task. But since 1985, the non-profit National Security Archive has been a FOILer's best friend, facilitating thousands of searches for journalists and scholars. The archive, funded by foundations and income from its own publications, has become a one-stop shopping center for declassifying and retrieving important documents, suing to preserve such government data as e-mail messages, pressing for appropriate reclassification of files, and sponsoring research that has unearthed major revelations.... We are pleased to present this special 1999 George Polk Award to the National Security Archive... for piercing self-serving veils of government secrecy, guiding journalists in search for the truth and informing us all."

George Polk Award citation, 18 April 2000.


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