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US Department of Justice
The Department of Justice's Office of Information and Privacy (OIP) is the principal contact point within the executive branch for advice and policy guidance on matters pertaining to the administration of the Freedom of Information Act.

Access Reports
For more than 25 years, Access Reports has been the news source of choice for professionals concerned with access to government information.

Attorney General Ashcroft's Memo
The text of Attorney General John Ashcroft's memo to all government agencies concerning the Freedom of Information Act, published in October 2001.

Freedom of Information Center from the University of Missouri
The Center's Web page is an up-to-date clearing house for information on freedom of information issues in the United States as well as a historical archive. A service of the University of Missouri School of Journalism the Center was established in 1958 by some of those crucial to the passage of the FOIA. The center now has a collection of more than 1 million articles and documents about access to information at the state, federal and local levels.

Freedom of Information Act Historical Interest Listing
Browse through a fascinating, and entertaining selection of FBI files released due to Freedom of Information Act requests. You can read about the investigation of "communist leanings" in Ceasar Chavez's United Farm workers or the investigation into the Hindenburg disaster. Or click on over to "Famous Persons" and read why J.Edgar Hoover's men were interested in Lucille Ball.

The General Accounting Office (GAO)
The GAO is the investigative arm of Congress. GAO exists to support the Congress in meeting its Constitutional responsibilities and to help improve the performance and accountability of the federal government for the American people.

GUARDIAN Unlimited Special: Freedom of Information
Compare U.S. secrecy rules with those of the United Kingdom with this comprehensive guide to issue from THE GUARDIAN. The U.K.'s much debated Freedom of Information Act dates only from the year 2000.

Judicial Watch, Inc.
Judicial Watch, Inc. was established in 1994 as a non-partisan, non-profit foundation to serve as an ethical and legal "watchdog" over the US government, legal, and judicial systems. The organization's site provides more information about current lawsuits, many of which are filings under the Freedom of Information Act, as well as documents from previous suits.

The National Security Archive
An independent non-governmental research institute and library located at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents acquired through the Freedom of Information Act.

Public Citizen's Ford Firestone Recall Center
Information from the consumer advocacy organization documenting the efforts that led to the 2001 recall of more than 6.5 million tires.



Also see NOW's history of the Freedom of Information Act and State Open Records Resource Map and NOW's coverage of civil liberties and national security.


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