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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

About the Freedom of Information Act and Federal Employees

Also known as the FOIA, the Freedom of Information Act was signed into law in 1966 in an effort to provide partial or full disclosure of information including documents, images and other materials under the control of the federal government that had not been previously available. Today, individuals and businesses alike can utilize the FOIA process in order to obtain valuable information concerning interests both business and personal. A skilled federal employment law attorney can provide a distinct advantage in obtaining this information in an efficient and timely fashion.

There is a wealth of information available to citizens of the United States through the Freedom of Information Act, but the process of acquiring the needed materials can be a daunting task to say the least. Many companies take advantage of this resource of information to gain valuable insights gleaned from local, state or federal documents that can prove beneficial in terms of research and development or other commercial strategies. In some cases, the FOIA is used by the competition in an attempt to make public information that may ultimately be harmful to a company. This is a strategic use of the Freedom of Information Act which has been used in the past to do harm to competition, but a seasoned and experienced FOIA lawyer may be effective in blocking these inquiries.

FOIA Inquiries and Litigation

The Federal Practice Group Worldwide Service provides full legal services related to pursuing materials through the Freedom of Information Act as well as in defense of companies or individuals who may stand to lose from their information being made public. We possess a keen understanding of the steps necessary to initiate inquiries and pursue litigation in order to successfully procure specific information. Our firm has seen many FOIA inquiries conclude positively throughout its history, and we look forward to meeting the needs of our FOIA clients for years to come.

Contact a federal employment law attorney if you are seeking to procure certain previously unreleased information from local, state or federal governments and would like expert assistance.