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Government Guidance, Directives and Statistics on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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Department of Justice FOIA Guide (May 2002)
Summary of FOIA exemptions and procedure prepared and published by the Department of Justice.
Department of Justice Freedom of Information Case List (May 2002)
Compilation of judicial decisions, both published and unpublished, under the Freedom of Information Act, the Privacy Act of 1974, the Government in the Sunshine Act, and the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Prepared and published by the Department of Justice.
Department of Justice FOIA Post
Electronic Guidance issued by the Department of Justice Office of Information and Privacy since 2001.
Department of Justice FOIA Update
Newsletter published by the Department of Justice Office of Information and Privacy between 1979 and 2000 containing FOIA information and guidance for federal agencies.
Your Right to Federal Records (2002)
Pamphlet published by the Department of Justice and the General Services Administration Citizen Information Center concerning both the FOIA and the Privacy Act.
A Citizen's Guide to the FOIA (2003)
House Committee on Government Reform guide to the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act.
Department of Justice FOIA Implementation Advice to Other Nations, dated December 12, 2002
White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card's Guidance on Homeland Security Information, "Action to Safeguard Information Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction and Other Sensitive Documents Related to Homeland Security, dated March 19, 2002
Attorney General Ashcroft's Memorandum for Heads of All Federal Departments and Agencies Regarding the FOIA, dated October 12, 2001
President Clinton's Memorandum for Heads of Departments and Agencies Regarding the FOIA, dated October 4, 1993
Attorney General Reno's Memorandum for Heads of Departments and Agencies Regarding the FOIA, dated October 4, 1993
Attorney General Meese's Memorandum on the 1986 Amendments to the Freedom of Information Act, December 1987
Attorney General Levi's Memorandum on the 1974 Amendments to the Freedom of Information Act, February 1975
Attorney General Clark's Memorandum on the Public Information Section of the Administrative Procedure Act, June 1967
Attorney General Tom C. Clark’s Manual on the Administrative Procedure Act, 1947
Department of Justice fee waiver policy guidance memorandum issued to the heads of all federal agencies, Stephen J. Markman, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, April 2, 1987
OMB Uniform Freedom of Information Act Fee Schedule and Guidelines, 52 Fed. Reg. 10,012, 10,012-17 (1987)
OMB Circular No. A-110 -- Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations, (REVISED 11/19/93, As Further Amended 9/30/99)
OMB Memoranda 95-22 (Implementing the Information Dissemination Provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, (September 29, 1995)
Annual FOIA Reports Submitted by Federal Departments and Agencies, DOJ Website Compilation
Progress in Implementing the 1996 Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments, GAO 01-378 (March 2001)
Update on the Implementation of the 1996 Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments, GAO 02-493 (August 2002)
Agency Views on Changes Resulting from New Administration Policy, GAO 03-981 (September 2003)

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