Freedom of Information Act (United States)

US statute regarding access to information held by the US government

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, is a federal law. It allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States government. The law defines agency records subject to disclosure. It outlines mandatory disclosure procedures and grants nine exemptions to the law.[1] It was originally signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, despite his doubts,[2][3] on July 4, 1966 and went into effect the following year.[4]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Branscomb, Anne (1994). Who Owns Information?: From Privacy To Public Access. BasicBooks.
  2. "FOIA Legislative History". The National Security Archive. The National Security Archive. Retrieved 24 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley. "Lyndon B. Johnson: "Statement by the President Upon Signing the "Freedom of Information Act.", July 4, 1966". The American Presidency Project. The American Presidency Project. Retrieved 24 September 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Metcalfe, Daniel J. (23 May 2006). "The Presidential Executive Order on the Freedom of Information Act" (PDF) in 4th International Conferene of Information Commissioners.  : 54–74. Retrieved on 20 June 2013.  Archived 18 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine