Freedom of Information Act


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Freedom of Information Act

a law requiring federal agencies to provide access to information, with some exceptions, upon request. Amendments to the original law have made it easier for individuals to review agency records. The Department of Health and Human Services provides indices to assist the public and makes many records available on the WEB sites of its offices.
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As with the Freedom of Information Act, there is no specific format for requesting the records.
The source added: "The Freedom of Information Act means there is now a need to be more transparent with the public.
Cllr Brady said: "We have always been a open authority and we appreciate we now have substantial new duties under the Freedom of Information Act.
Citing the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, the Reporter first asked for the status report in a June 3 letter to Chicago police.
My experience with the DOE's response to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA 2004) requests has been enlightening:
A prisoner sought the release, under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), of copies of law enforcement and prison records.
Fine Gael TD Jim O'Keeffe said his request for information under the Freedom of Information Act about the make-up and cost effectiveness of Prison Visiting Committees has "obviously hit a sensitive Government nerve".
Reports obtained by the National Post from Health Canada under the Freedom of Information Act, showed sloppiness in record keeping and improper screening of donated semen.
Vredenburg also offers fully automated Electronic Freedom of Information Act (VeFOIA) applications, Automated Declassification Systems (VeCLASS), as well as multi-media Electronic Case File Management Systems (VeCASE) for criminal justice, insurance claims, student registration, and other business processes.
In addition, the available information regularly is continually expanding as the tax agency strives to comply with the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments (E-FOIA), a 1996 bill that authorizes electronic access to federal agency records without a formal FOIA requests.
THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA) can be a reporter's best friend.
The potential chain of access includes the facility that collects and enters the data, the software vendors that produce systems and provide system support, multiple state agencies, multiple departments within HFCA and the enforcement agencies with whom it works, and whomever HCFA decides to grant access to in response to requests brought under the privacy act or the Freedom of Information Act.

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