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March 2007 Freedom of Information Act Guide Now Available

USDOJ: “The Office of Information and Privacy has completed the latest revision of the Freedom of Information Act Guide, a comprehensive reference volume covering all aspects of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The March 2007 edition of the FOIA Guide contains a newly updated and revised discussion of the procedural requirements of the FOIA, the contours of the FOIA’s nine exemptions and three exclusions, as well as the considerations applicable to FOIA litigation. This latest edition of the FOIA Guide also contains an overview of Executive Order 13,392, entitled “Improving Agency Disclosure of Information.” This Executive Order was signed by the President on December 14, 2005, and calls upon all agencies to improve their FOIA operations by ensuring that they are “both results-oriented and produce results.”

  • “The March 2007 edition of the FOIA Guide is now available electronically on the Department of Justice’s FOIA Web site at This electronic version of the FOIA Guide can be easily searched by using key words. The FOIA Guide has also been sent to the Government Printing Office, which expects it to be ready for distribution in hard copy within the next few weeks.”
  • DOJ press release: “Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today appointed Melanie Ann Pustay as Director of the Office of Information and Privacy (OIP). Pustay is a 24-year career civil servant at OIP, starting in the Department in 1983 as an attorney advisor. She has served as Acting Director since January 2007 and replaces Daniel J. Metcalfe as Director. Pustay manages the Department’s responsibilities related to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which include developing policy guidance and ensuring compliance with the FOIA, responding to initial information requests made to the senior leadership offices, adjudicating all appeals from denials by any Department component under the FOIA, and handling FOIA litigation matters.
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