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    FOIA 101: Understanding the Freedom of Information Act

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    FOIA 101: Understanding the Freedom of Information Act
    Thursday, January 29, 2015, 1:00-2:30 Eastern

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a statute that governs which federal agency records are releasable to the public. This primer provides an overview of the FOIA, and will help those within and outside of the government understand the requirements involved in the disclosure of public records. Topics will include:    
    • The types of records sought and which records are subject to FOIA,
    • Who is subject to FOIA (and who is not),
    • Who can make a FOIA request,
    • The most common FOIA exemptions,
    • FOIA fees, who is subject to them, and fee waivers, 
    • FOIA best practices  

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    Panelists:

    Synta Keeling is a FOIA attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C. She conducts legal research and analyzes the contents of the agency’s records to make disclosure determinations.  A Virginia licensed attorney, she received her J.D. from American University and her undergrad from the College of William and Mary.

    Patricia Weth is a FOIA attorney with U. S. Department of Agriculture.  Previously, Ms. Weth was a FOIA attorney with U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Export Import Bank, and the U.S. Department of Energy.  Additionally, she has experience handling FOIA requests as a lawyer for Virginia state and local government.  Ms. Weth received her law degree from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and holds a B.A. degree from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. 

     

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    Jan 29, 2015

    2015-01-29T13:00:00 2015-01-29T14:30:00 FOIA 101: Understanding the Freedom of Information Act

    FOIA 101: Understanding the Freedom of Information Act
    Thursday, January 29, 2015, 1:00-2:30 Eastern

    The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a statute that governs which federal agency records are releasable to the public. This primer provides an overview of the FOIA, and will help those within and outside of the government understand the requirements involved in the disclosure of public records. Topics will include:    
    • The types of records sought and which records are subject to FOIA,
    • Who is subject to FOIA (and who is not),
    • Who can make a FOIA request,
    • The most common FOIA exemptions,
    • FOIA fees, who is subject to them, and fee waivers, 
    • FOIA best practices  

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