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  • What to argue when the feds cite "privacy" to deny you records

    Daugherty tells you what to do when officials hide behind the privacy issue.

    Tags: FOI Privacy; public records; freedom of information; CAR

    By Rebecca Daugherty

    2000

  • Emerging Case Law on the Application of Freedom of Information and Open Government Statues in Privatization Arrangements

    This file contains a university student term paper from a course titled Legal Aspects of Communications 17.601. The paper discusses how much of the government's work has always been performed by outside contractors, engaging front line workers in the development and processing of information who were not necessarily employees of the government. In recent years, however, major changes in the structure of government work have forced new examination of FOIA authority and responsibility. Two forces are driving these changes: Devolution, the transfer of authority and responsibility to lower levels of government, and privatization, the transfer of authority and responsibility to private sector organizations.

    Tags: FOI; CAR

    By Johnny W. Allem

    1999

  • Sample FOI Letter

    Sample of a Freedom of Information request letter.

    Tags: FOIA; letter

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    1998

  • The evolution of the Freedom of Information Act

    This handout examines the evolution of the Freedom of Information Act. Has it been a boon or a bust? Is getting databases any easier?

    Tags: FOI

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    1998

  • FOIA Fundamentals

    This is a general information packet on the Freedom of Information Act supplied by the Freedom of Information Center. The packet includes a citizens guide on using the FOIA, a report on the Missouri Sunshine Law and a report on the electronic freedom of information amendments of 1996. The packet also contains lists of time provision for EFOI amendments, lists of FOIA administrative and legal contacts at federal agencies, tips for journalists using the FOIA and useful freedom of information web sites.

    Tags: FOI

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    1997

  • FOIA Fundamentals

    This handout give tips on how to access information using the FOIA. The handout includes helpful web sites to look up and a sample FOIA request. The handout also lists electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments for 1996. Audio tape is available for purchase from the IRE Resource Center. Contact us at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ire.org.

    Tags: FOI

    By Duff Wilson

    1997

  • Access to Medicare Payment Records: A Case Study in the Weakness of the Freedom of Information Act

    This packet was compiled from The Freedom Forum conference held Sept. 12- 13, 1996, to celebrate 30 years of FOIA. The packet includes state resources, a Freedom of Information Act timeline, FOIA summary, FOIA tips for journalists, an extensive list of FOI resources and "Access to Medicare Payment Records: A Case Study in the Weakness of the Freedom of Information Act."

    Tags: FOI

    By Mark W. Sherman

    1996

  • FOI Case Study: USAF H-Bombs Albuquerque

    Defense reporter David Morrissey released a series of articles in 1986 with new details about two nuclear accidents in New Mexico -- one of which involved the B-36 aircraft and the Mark-17 hydrogen bomb. The bomb that was accidentally dropped from a jet aircraft south of Kirtland Air Force Base in 1957 was hundreds of times more powerful than the one dropped on Hiroshima. This packet details how none of this information was available prior to Morrissey's filing of numerous Freedom of Information requests. Also provides a step-by-step guide to using FOIA. There is a video tape available of Morrissey's FOIA presentations to students at the University of Hawaii.

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    By David H. Morrissey

    1989

  • Resources on Freedom of Information

    Fought's handout lists ten tips for reporters dealing with state access issues and an extensive list of FOIA resources. Audio tape available through the IRE Resource Center at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ ire.org. Ask for tape #IRE96-32.

    Tags: FOI

    By Barbara Croll Fought

    1996

  • The battle at the federal, state and local level

    McIntosh's handout provides 10 strategies for getting government data and phone numbers and urls for six Freedom of Information or First Amendment centers. Additionally helpful are tips on how to speak the nerd language, how to avoid the data-for-dollars trap and an example letter of how to find out what data is available and another for when you request the actual data. Audio tape available through the IRE Resource Center at (573) 882-3364 or rescntr@ ire.org. Ask for tape #IRE96-07.

    Tags: FOI

    By Shawn McIntosh; Laura Frank

    1996