Resources for Legal Research on FOIA
Public Citizen Litigation Group and FOIA
Since its founding in 1972, Public Citizen Litigation Group has litigated more Freedom of Information Act cases than any other organization. We have secured from government files information about health risks, safety concerns, financial problems, and numerous other issues of importance. To learn more about PCLG's long history of open government work, read our short history, "Obtaining Access to Government Records Since 1972." We also provide access to all of our court and agency filings related to FOIA:
1. Statutes [top]
Paperwork Reduction Act, Cornell University Legal Information Institute
Privacy Act, Cornell University Legal Information Institute
Records Disposal Act, Cornell University Legal Information Institute
Presidential Records Act, Cornell University Legal Information Institute
Government in the Sunshine Act, Cornell University Legal Information Institute
2. Regulations [top]
PCLG's Agency Database contains links to each agency's handbook on requesting information, FOIA regulations, FOIA contact information, and FOIA annual reports.
3. Litigation [top]
4. FOIA History and Statistics [top]
40 Years of FOIA, 20 Years of Delay, National Security Archive
Lessons Learned from Thirty Years of Experience with the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, speech by PCLG's Amanda Frost, 2000
The United States Freedom of Information Act, speech by PCLG's Lucinda Sikes, 1997
Archive of Statistics on Agency Backlogs, compiled by PCLG, 2000-2005
5. FOIA Treatises [top]
ABA Restatement of FOIA: American Bar Association Committee document produced as part of a project to generate comprehensive and authoritative description of the current state of administrative law.
Department of Justice Freedom of Information Act Guide: Comprehensive discussion of FOIA decisions and administration from the perspective of the U.S. Department of Justice.
6. Bulletins on FOIA [top]
FOIA Post from the Office of Information and Privacy: Department of Justice's Office of Information and Privacy hosts FOIA Post, a new means of disseminating Freedom of Information Act-related information to federal agencies government wide.
Access Reports: Access Reports publishes a newsletter on federal, state and international freedom of information and privacy issues.
7. Government Guidance Documents on Transparency [top]
Executive Orders and Other White House Guidance
Department of Justice Guidance
Office of Management and Budget Guidance
Other Agency Guidance
8. Classification and National Security [top]
Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO)
9. Other Organizations' Resources [top]
Federation of American Scientists Project on Government Secrecy: extensive archive of materials on government classification and secrecy policies
Freedominfo.org: provides country-by-country information on international FOI laws
National Security Archive: research institute that provides information on FOIA domestically and internationally
OMB Watch: provides analysis and updates on current information policy issues
Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press: provides free legal assistance to journalists