By Kimberly N. Epstein, Freedom of Information Act Officer
Today we kickoff Sunshine Week, when we at ACF take a moment to recognize the importance of government transparency. We are committed to being transparent, and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) sets some guidelines.
FOIA is often explained as a means for citizens to “know what their Government is up to.” Enacted by Congress in 1966 and taking effect on July 5, 1967, FOIA now has nearly 50 years of history and has been interpreted by federal courts in thousands of cases. ACF receives and processes hundreds of FOIA requests every year.
FOIA is a vital piece of ACF’s transparency effort, but by no means the only one. ACF releases useful information through:
This is the first of a series of blogs focusing on FOIA at ACF, and how you can make the most of the ACF FOIA program to get the information you want. We will give you an inside look at how FOIA works at ACF and tips on how to get the most out of your request.
We are also hosting Sunshine Week events, both in our central offices and online.
Please visit the Family Room Blog all this week for more information on FOIA.