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  The United States Department of Justice - United States Attorney's Office
United States Attorneys are appointed by, and serve at the discretion of, the President of the United States, with advice and consent of the United States Senate.
One United States Attorney is assigned to each of the judicial districts, with the exception of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands where a single United States Attorney serves in both districts.
Each United States Attorney is the chief federal law enforcement officer of the United States within his or her particular jurisdiction.
www.usdoj.gov /usao   (272 words)

 United States FOIA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The scope of the FOIA and PA is large, however, and compasses even ancillary roles in murder cases.
The FOIA is perennially thwarted by government misuse of its exemption laws.
Finally, the Clinton administration, intent on suppressing White House e-mail records, appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, stating that the National Security Council was not truly an agency, but a group of aides to the president, and thus not subject to FOIA regulations.
www.bidprobe.com /en/wikipedia/u/un/united_states_foia.html   (1503 words)

 Departmental Administration (DA)- FOIA Guide
All agencies of the United States government are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them, except for those records that are protected from disclosure by the nine exemptions and three exclusions of the FOIA.
The FOIA also requires that requests be processed on an expedited basis if made by a person primarily engaged in disseminating information to the public and the information is urgently needed to inform the public concerning some actual or alleged government activity.
The FOIA provides access to all federal agency records (or portions of those records), except for those records that are withheld under any of nine exemptions or three exclusions (reasons for which an agency may withhold records from a requester).
www.usda.gov /da/foia_guide.htm   (2573 words)

 CFAC: California First Amendment Coalition
FOIA establishes the conditions under which government agencies "shall make available to the public information" and the methods by which agencies supply the information.
FOIA requires that a government agency supply documents in any format requested as long as the information is "readily reproducible by the agency in that form or format." 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(3)(B).
Snyder stated that he had received a notice from the DOD informing him that all FOIA requests transferred over electronic lines were to be zipped; he further stated that that notice, rather than TPS's own requirements, was the impetus for his requesting files in zipped format.
www.cfac.org /CaseLaw/Cases/tps_v_dod.html   (2554 words)

 FindLaw for Legal Professionals - Case Law, Federal and State Resources, Forms, and Code
Neither FOIA itself nor this circuit's interpretation of the statute authorizes the court to invoke the phrase "national security" to relieve the government of its burden of justifying its refusal to release information under FOIA.
FOIA, of course, does not allow the government to withhold information based on "mere possibilities." And the Reynolds declaration fails to establish that retaliation is reasonably likely.
If the government thinks that a new, broader FOIA exemption is needed for terrorism cases, it should ask Congress to create one, just as in the wake of September 11 it asked Congress to authorize roving wiretaps of suspected terrorists and to permit detention of non-U.S. citizens sus- pected of terrorism without specific charges.
laws.lp.findlaw.com /dc/025254a.html   (15324 words)

 Public Citizen | Litigation Group | Litigation Group - Armstrong v. Executive Office of the President, et al. Brief for ...
Count I of the complaint sought release of the records under the FOIA, and the remaining Counts charged that the government's plans to destroy the records were inconsistent with the agencies' and the Archivist's obligations under the federal records laws.
The requirements of Exemption 3 are stated in the present tense, i.e., to qualify under Exemption 3 it must be shown that the statute "requires that the matters be withheld" and "establishes particular criteria." 5 U.S.C. Sec.
FOIA does not permit agencies to withhold records based on the lingering "spirit" of ghost statutes that are no longer in force.
www.citizen.org /litigation/briefs/FOIAGovtSec/articles.cfm?ID=873   (10934 words)

 FOIA (Freedom of Information Act)
FOIA requests for a copy of U. Geological Survey (USGS) records can be made by any individual or public or private organization other than a Federal agency.
A FOIA response must advise the requester of the records that the bureau intends to disclose or to withhold, the exemption(s) authorizing the withholding (including a citation or summary of each exemption), and a strong justification for withholding the record(s).
Headquarters USGS FOIA responses involving a denial or partial denial of records must be coordinated with the FOIA Officer.
www.usgs.gov /foia   (515 words)

 Klamath Water Users Argue Freedom of Information Act Case Before the United States Supreme Court - Water Resources ...
The United States argued that the Supreme Court should expand the rule adopted by several courts of appeals decisions which have broadly applied FOIA exemption 5 to protect communications with outside consultants.
The Association emphasized, moreover, that the Court's decisions and Congress have consistently recognized that the dominant purpose of FOIA is disclosure, not secrecy, and that the FOIA's exemptions must be narrowly construed.
While acknowledging that expanding FOIA exemption 5 to protect the Tribes' correspondence with Interior would be a stretch of the language, Justice Breyer appeared uncomfortable with infringing on the confidentiality of the Tribes and Interior's trustee-beneficiary relationship.
www.abanet.org /environ/committees/waterresources/newsletter/feb01/klamath.shtml   (943 words)

 United States Patent and Trademark Office Home Page
An Agency Of The United States Department Of Commerce
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will host a showcase for trademarks at its Alexandria, Virginia headquarters April 10-12, 2008.
The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has published in the Federal Register new rules that will allow the agency to continue to make the patent examination process more effective and efficient by encouraging applicants to use greater precision in describing the scope of their inventions.
www.uspto.gov   (375 words)

 Air Force Freedom of Information Act - Home
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions, or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.
The principles of government openness and accountability underlying the FOIA are inherent in the democratic ideal: "The basic purpose of the FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed."
If you want to submit a FOIA inquiry, send a written request to the FOIA office where the record is located, describe the records you want as specifically as possible, and let the office know how much you are willing to pay.
www.foia.af.mil   (651 words)

 FOIA Facts - The Unit Price Rollercoaster | LLRX.com
When I was a young FOIA attorney at the Department of Justice’s Office of Information and Privacy (OIP), it was a far simpler time, especially in regard to unit prices.
In early October, the government filed a petition for rehearing and suggested that the case be heard en banc (heard by all of the Judges for the D.C. Court of Appeals).
Unfortunately, for FOIA requesters, submitters and agency personnel, the day Department of Justice (and the rest of the FOIA community) knows if the McDonnell Douglas II is the law with regard to unit prices may be a long way off.
www.llrx.com /columns/foia15.htm   (569 words)

 Charles J. Wichmann III, Ridding FOIA Of Those "Unanticipated Consequences": Repaving A Necessary Road To Freedom, 47 ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
FOIA began to develop into its present form in 1974, when Congress amended it in an effort to remedy the perceived deficiencies in the statute's administration.
FOIA critics have found fault with the statute precisely because it is no longer used primarily by the media to inquire into the activities of the government.
Since the stated purpose of the proposed requirement was to provide agencies with a financial incentive to reduce backlogs, it is possible that agencies would have denied requests in order to attain "substantial compliance." This would have threatened to shift FOIA's delicate balance towards initial non-disclosure, an undesirable result.
www.law.duke.edu /journals/dlj/articles/dlj47p1213.htm   (14830 words)

FOIA is a Federal law that establishes the public’s right to request existing records from Federal government agencies.
State and local governments are likewise not subject to Federal FOIA, but some states have their own equivalent access laws for state records.
FOIA allows fees to be charged to certain types of requesters, but it also provides that waivers or reductions in fees be given if disclosing the information is in the public interest.
www.nosc.mil /fleet/insurv/foia/foia.htm   (1488 words)

 WIPP - Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) definition
The FOIA establishes the premise that any person has a right of access to federal agency records, and that federal agency records must be made available to the public unless they are specifically exempt from public release.
The FOIA does not apply to Congress, the judicial branch of the federal government, or to state or local governments.
The FOIA and E-FOIA require that certain agency records, such as description of agency organization and office addresses, statements of agency operations, rules of procedures, general policy statements, final opinions made in the adjudication of cases, and administrative staff manuals that affect the public, be made available for inspection and copying regardless of the format.
www.wipp.energy.gov /library/foia/FOIADefined.htm   (634 words)

 USCG: Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act, also known as the FOIA, was enacted in 1966 and is the primary means by which the public has access to records in the possession of Executive Branch agencies of the Federal Government.
The FOIA is operated under the premise that the public has a right to know what the Government is doing, how it is being done, and what information is being collected.
FOIA requests may be submitted in writing via mail or overnight carrier to:
www.uscg.mil /global/foia.asp   (179 words)

 USTR - United States and Colombia Conclude Free Trade Agreement
In 2005, Colombia and the United States had $14.3 billion in two-way trade, and Colombia is currently the second largest agricultural market for the United States in Latin America.
The United States concluded negotiations with Peru in December 2005.
U.S. The United States is working to open markets globally in the Doha WTO negotiations; regionally through the APEC forum and the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) negotiations; and bilaterally with FTAs.
www.ustr.gov /Document_Library/Press_Releases/2006/February/United_States_Colombia_Conclude_Free_Trade_Agreement.html   (726 words)

 United States Air Force Academy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
An Academy FOIA Reading Room is available where the public may inspect paper copies of any previously processed FOIA records that we determine are likely to be the subject of five or more requests in a quarter.
It explains how to submit a FOIA request, where to send it, what types of information and records are available, and gives you our average response times plus additional information.
FOIA requesters who have any questions concerning the process of their requests with the USAFA FOIA Requesters Service Center should contact this center at 719-333-6231.
www.usafa.af.mil /?catname=10SCS&page=foia   (675 words)

 DOJ FOIA Reference Guide
All agencies of the United States Government are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them, except for those records (or portions of them) that are protected from disclosure by the nine exemptions and three exclusions of the FOIA.
All states have their own statutes governing public access to state and local government records; state agencies should be consulted for further information about them.
You should be aware that the FOIA does not require agencies to do research for you, to analyze data, to answer written questions, or to create records in order to respond to a request.
biotech.law.lsu.edu /cases/adlaw/foia/foia_guide_doj.htm   (4401 words)

 Tour The United States Mint
The United States Mint staff is pleased to present a Virtual Tour of its facilities.
Touring the United States Mint is a fascinating experience for those of all ages and one that will be remembered for a lifetime.
The United States Mint recently opened a second retail sales outlet in Washington, DC, located in the lobby of the United States Mint headquarters at 801 9th Street, N.W. The headquarters building is conveniently located one block south of the Washington Convention Center and close to the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro station.
www.usmint.gov /mint_tours   (625 words)

 ASNE - FOIA op-ed columns
United States District Court for the District of Columbia: Are We Missing the Point?
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia was glossed over by most analysts as preliminary and procedural.
And right now, the nation’s capital, which leaks like a sieve when it comes to government secrecy, is abuzz with the prospect of journalist after journalist marching off to jail rather than compromise their sources.
www.asne.org /index.cfm?ID=5265   (407 words)

 Freedom of Information Act - Request your Immigration File
The law is based on the presumption that individuals have a right to know what their government is doing and that government agencies have a duty to provide full disclosure of all records that are not specifically and reasonably exempt.
FOIA applies to all 15 departments (Education, Homeland Security, etc.) and 73 other federal agencies (Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Reserve System) in the executive branch of the U.S. government.
This date is usually not collected from United States citizens entering or leaving the country, but usually is collected from foreign citizens, especially individuals who require a visa to enter the United States, and received a I-94 form upon entering the country.
www.usimmigrationsupport.org /foia.html?NS_cid=24   (616 words)

 United States Executive Office -   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Office of the United States Trade Representative, or USTR, is an arm of the executive branch of the United States government.
Executive Office (from United States government) The Executive Office consists of agencies that deal in foreign and domestic policy for the president.
Office of the United States Trade Representative was created as the Office of the Special Representative for Trade...
united.facdt.com /index.php?k=united-states-executive-office   (1083 words)

 State Boundaries of the United States
The Government of the United States is based on the concept of federalism, where power is shared between the National Government and the State Governments.
The State Boundaries of the United States map layer includes boundaries for the fifty States and for three State equivalents: the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
State names, two-letter State abbreviations, the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) codes for each State, and the date and order of State admission for each State are included.
www.nationalatlas.gov /mld/statesp.html   (395 words)

 Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) - The United States Mint
Before the FOIA in 1966, the burden was on the individual to establish a right to examine these government records.
With the passage of the FOIA, the burden of proof shifted from the individual to the government.
The FOIA sets standards for determining which records must be made available for public inspection and which records can be withheld from disclosure.
www.usmint.gov /foia   (254 words)

 United States Secret Service: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) establishes a presumption that records in the possession of agencies and departments of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government are accessible to the people.
The FOIA sets standards for determining which records must be disclosed and which records may be withheld.
The FOIA does not grant an absolute right to examine government documents; the FOIA establishes the right to request records and to receive a response to the request.
www.ustreas.gov /usss/foia.shtml   (367 words)

 U.S. Copyright Office - Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Records
The FOIA includes nine exemptions and three exclusions that permit an agency to withhold a record in part or in full in limited circumstances.
The Copyright Office is subject to the FOIA and the Privacy Act, and sets forth its regulations governing requests made pursuant to these Acts at 37 Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), part 203 (FOIA) and part 204 (Privacy Act).
The FOIA Requester Service Center is the first place that a FOIA requester should contact to seek information concerning the status of that person’s FOIA request and appropriate information about the Copyright Office’s FOIA response.
www.copyright.gov /foia   (1200 words)

 USDA - APHIS - Plant Health
The FOIA is found in Title 5 of the United States Code, Section 552.
FOIA was enacted in 1966 and gives any person the right to request access to almost any federal agency record, except those protected from disclosure by legal exemptions and exclusions
Under FOIA, certain records may be withheld in whole or in part from the requestor if they fall within one of nine FOIA exemptions.
www.aphis.usda.gov /footer_items/foia.shtml   (206 words)

 Encyclopedia: United States FOIA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the implementation of freedom of information legislation in the United States.
It was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 4, 1966, went into effect the following year.
Citizen's Guide on Using the Freedom of Information Act (http://www.fas.org/sgp/foia/citizen.html) by the United States Congress Committee on Government Reform.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/United-States-FOIA   (1565 words)

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