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The FOIA is found in Title 5 of the United States Code, Section 552. FOIA was enacted in 1966 and gives any person the right to request access to almost any federal agency record, except those protected from disclosure by legal exemptions and exclusions (e.g., classified national security, business proprietary, personal privacy, and investigative documents.)

On October 2, 1996, President Clinton signed into law the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 (E-FOIA). E-FOIA will make it possible for individuals to have electronic access to certain USDA information without making a formal FOIA request.

The following links provide additional information on the FOIA:

Guide for FOIA
Agency Mission Areas
Agency FOIA Contacts
Electronic Reading Room(Reports)
USDA FOIA Regulations
Text of the Freedom of Information Act
USDA Privacy Policy Statement
U.S. Department of Justice - Freedom of Information Act Home Page
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