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Using the Freedom of Information Act: A Step-by-Step Guide

Authored By: American Civil Liberties Union

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was passed by Congress in 1966 and amended in 1974. FOIA creates procedures so that any member of the public may obtain the records of the agencies of the federal government. The purpose of this Guide is to help you exercise your right to "open agency action to the light of public scrutiny." This document contains detailed information, instructions and sample letters designed to help you make an effective FOIA request.

Last Review and Update: May 11, 2005