General Interest Product
The Freedom of Information Act( FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, as amended, generally provides that any person has a right to request access to Federal agency records. The USGS proactively promotes information disclosure as inherent to its mission of providing objective science to inform decisionmakers and the general public. USGS scientists disseminate up-to-date and historical scientific data that are critical to addressing national and global priorities.
First posted September 11, 2012
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Newman, D.J., 2012, Freedom of Information Act: U.S. Geological Survey pamphlet, 6 p. (Also available at https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/FOIA/.)