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Government Records Law and Practices

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   Public Records and Open Meetings Information (Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Legal Services)
"As a public service, the Attorney General's Office [publishes] a document that explains Wisconsin's Open Meetings Law and discusses significant cases that have an impact on the law's implementation. ... In addition, Department of Justice responses to frequently asked questions about the public records law are available through this website. The documents provided in this section of the website are not opinions of the Attorney General unless they are otherwise identified as such [but rather are] the Department's attempt to explain and clarify the law."
   Collected Federal Agency Freedom of Information Act Sites (U.S. Department of Justice)
A quick way to find the FOIA-specific portions of federal agency websites.
   Department of Justice Freedom of Information Act Home Page (U.S. Department of Justice)
   Electronic FOIA Reading Rooms: Frequently Requested Records (Department of Justice)
This key page takes you to separately maintained "reading rooms" of the Office of the Attorney General, Office of the Deputy Attorney General, Antitrust Division, Civil Rights Division, Community Oriented Policing Services, Criminal Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Executive Office for United States Trustees, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, Justice Management Division, National Security Division, Office of Dispute Resolution, Office of Information and Privacy, Office of the Inspector General, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Legal Counsel, Office of Legislative Affairs, Professional Responsibility Advisory Office, Tax Division, and United States Marshals Service.
   File Not Found: 10 Years After E-FOIA, Most Federal Agencies Are Delinquent by The National Security Archive (March 12, 2007) (George Washington University)
"Only One in Five Federal Agencies Meets Congress's Requirements 10 Years After Electronic Freedom of Information Amendments"
   Minnesota Data Practices Act Video Presentations by Information Policy Analysis Division (Minnesota Department of Administration)
"The presentations can be used as an educational tool for government entity employees ... or members of the public[.]"

When announced in September 2007, videos included:

  • Data Practices Laws and Terms (5 minutes)
  • Introduction to Data Classification in Minnesota (5 minutes)
  • Making and Responding to Data Practices Requests (9 minuets)
   The National Security Archive (The George Washington University)
"An independent non-governmental research institute and library ..., the Archive collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. [A]lso serves as a repository of government records on ... topics pertaining to the national security, foreign, intelligence, and economic policies of the United States."

See also:
  • Wisconsin and Local Public Records
  • Local Government Law
  • National Security Law
  • Privacy Law
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