The Federal Information Manual
P. Stephen Gidiere III
ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Second Edition, 2013
For those seeking to formally obtain federal documents, generally the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) comes to mind. However, according to the author of The Federal Information Manual:
There is no single comprehensive statute that governs federal information. Instead a patchwork of statutes, common law, regulations, executive orders, and judicial decisions governs the federal government’s handling of information. What law applies in any given situation depends on the entity that controls the information (e.g., Congress or an executive branch agency), what action that entity is taking (e.g., collecting, destroying, or disclosing information), and the nature of the information (e.g., personal privacy information, national security information, or confidential business information).