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Freedom of Information Act

By David J. Newman

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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. ┬áThe 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

For additional information contact:
David J. Newman, FOIA and Privacy Officer
USGS Administration and Enterprise Information
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Mail Stop 807
Reston, VA 20192-0002

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Suggested citation:

Newman, D.J., 2012, Freedom of Information Act: U.S. Geological Survey pamphlet, 6 p. (Also available at

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