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What is a Freedom of Information form?

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No particular form is required to make a request for information under the Freedom of Information Act. To request information from any federal agency, all that is needed is a written description of the information addressed to the relevant agency.

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The FOIA, passed in 1967, enables the public to request access to federal records. Nearly 50 years later, many agencies publish frequently requested information without a formal request being made.

Not all information is available. There are nine exemptions covering matters of national security, law enforcement, and matters of personal or corporate privacy, such as attorney-client privilege or trade secrets.

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