A Citizen's Guide On Using The Freedom Of Information Act And The Privacy Act of 1974 To Request Government Records
First Report by the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, March 20, 1997
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IV. How to use this guide
V. Which act to use
VI. The Freedom of Information Act
A. The scope of the Freedom of Information Act
B. What records can be requested under the FOIA?
E. Requirements for agency responses
F. Reasons access may be denied under the FOIA
1. Exemption 1.--Classified documents
2. Exemption 2.--Internal personnel rules and practices.
3. Exemption 3.--Information exempt under other laws.
4. Exemption 4.--Confidential business information.
5. Exemption 5.--Internal Government communications
6. Exemption 6.--Personal privacy
7. Exemption 7.--Law enforcement
8. Exemption 8.--Financial institutions
9. Exemption 9.--Geological information
H. Administrative appeal procedures
VII. The Privacy Act of 1974
A. The scope of the Privacy Act of 1974
B. The Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act
D. Making a Privacy Act request for access
F. Requirements for agency responses
G. Reasons access may be denied under the Privacy Act
H. Administrative appeal procedures for denial of access.
I. Amending records under the Privacy Act
J. Appeals and requirements for agency responses
Appendix 1.--Sample request and appeal letters
A. Freedom of Information Act request letter
B. Freedom of Information Act appeal letter
C. Privacy Act request for access letter
D. Privacy Act denial of access appeal
E. Privacy Act request to amend records
Appendix 2.--Bibliography of congressional publications on the Freedom of Information Act.
Appendix 3.--Bibliography of congressional publications on the Privacy Act of 1974.
Appendix 4.--Text of the Freedom of Information Act
Appendix 5.--Text of the Privacy Act of 1974