Exercise Your FOIA Muscle

Published on: Author: Teresa L

Finals are almost over, so if you were thinking of using some of that spare time investigating your government files or finding out what your favorite agency has been up to recently, you might want to find out how to request information from a government agency. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has a website, the FOIA Letter Generator, that takes you step by step through the request process for any federal agency, or almost any component of a state or county government. The web form will take you to a briefing paper on the FOIA process How to Use the Federal FOIA Act. Once you have enough background information, the letter generator takes you step-by-step through the process.
And should you need to file an appeal, two attorneys have sample forms on their website, FOIAdvocates.