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How is the theme chosen for each year's National FOI Day?
Does the First Amendment guarantee a general 'right of access' to government information?
Who can file a FOIA request?
How long does it take to get information under FOIA?
Can I request information from my congressman through FOIA?
What information cannot be obtained through FOIA?
How do you appeal a denial of information under FOIA?

If you are not satisfied with an agency’s initial response, you may file an administrative appeal. This appeal goes to the head of the agency, who will review the case and sometimes override the initial decision. Appeals can be made over denial of information, if you feel that exemptions were improperly applied, or over procedural aspects, for example if you believe there are records the agency failed to locate.

If your agency appeal is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision in federal district court. You may appeal a decision whether it is based on an exemption or on procedural aspects (e.g., an agency’s determination that a record does not exist or the fee amount it assessed). At this point in the FOIA process, most people will require the assistance of an attorney.

How can I find out more about the open-records act in my state, and file a state or local FOI request?
Must a federal agency produce records in an electronic format if asked to?
What are open-meetings laws?
Aren’t open-meetings laws unconstitutional? After all, don’t they infringe upon the speech of the members of governing bodies?
How do states deal with violations of open-meetings laws?
Many states and municipalities are now webcasting public meetings. Can they forbid reproduction of the meeting videos by members of the public?
Are city councils and similar public bodies required to have periods for public comment at meetings?
How can I find out more about the open-meetings act in my state?
Can public officials violate state open-meetings laws by sending e-mails?
Do state open-meeting laws specifically address e-mail communications?
Do court transcripts fall under FOI? Can they be withheld from litigants?
Are states making court records available electronically for the public?
Does the public have access to documents such as water-quality, toxic-waste and bridge-safety reports?
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