The United States Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act is a comprehensive legal treatise on the FOIA. The Guide includes detailed discussions of the FOIA’s procedural requirements, nine exemptions, and litigation considerations. Each section contains a detailed analysis of the key judicial opinions issued on the FOIA.
The text of H.R.4174 - Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, known as the Evidence Act. Title II of the Evidence Act (OPEN Government Data Act) describes the requirements for CDOs, CDO Council, and this repository.
Follow-up memo to M-06-04, “Implementation of the President’s Executive Order ‘Improving Agency Disclosure of Information’”. In that memorandum, the Deputy Director summarized the Order’s requirements and highlighted its upcoming deadlines for agency action. Dated April 13, 2006.
One of the principal improvements in the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 was the requirement to create a central, online request portal that allows a member of the public to submit a request for records under the FOIA to any Federal agency from a single website. This memorandum provides instructions for agencies' Chief FOIA Officers on actions that agencies must take to ensure interoperability with the National FOIA Portal. Dated February 12, 2019.
This memorandum calls attention to three areas and suggests specific remedial steps for agencies: (1) Agencies' disclosures of personal information from systems of records during the course of litigation; (2) the disclosure of personal information from Privacy Act files pursuant to Section (b)(2), which allows agencies to make non-consensual disclosures if the disclosure would be "required" under the Freedom of Information Act; (3) the relationship between the exemption provisions of the Privacy Act and those of the Freedom of Information Act. Dated May 24, 1985.