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"Rider" Letter to Be Used by Agencies for FOIA Guide

As announced earlier through FOIA Post, the Office of Information and Privacy is planning to publish the 2006 edition of the Department of Justice's Freedom of Information Act Guide next month. The 2006 edition of the FOIA Guide is scheduled to be published through the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) in November, with a delivery date most likely in December.

The FOIA Guide publication will contain the "Justice Department Guide to the Freedom of Information Act" and the text of the Freedom of Information Act. It will no longer contain the Privacy Act Overview.

If your agency would like to have multiple copies of this revised reference volume, you may obtain them at the original printing cost by "riding" the Department of Justice's GPO requisition order. To do so, you should determine how many copies you will want at the "rider" price (expected to be approximately $2.50) for each copy of the FOIA Guide and make arrangements with your printing officer to place your agency's order by no later than October 31.

The GPO requisition number for the FOIA Guide is 7-05002. When submitting a requisition for copies, you should use Standard Form One (SF-1); Department of Justice components should use Form DJ-2. Offices outside the Washington, D.C. area should contact their printing or publication officers in Washington for their proper billing codes.

As it has done in the past, the Office of Information and Privacy will send one courtesy copy of the FOIA Guide to each principal FOIA contact at each agency, as well as to each agency's Chief FOIA Officer appointed under Executive Order 13,392. Additional copies of the FOIA Guide must either be ordered in advance at the special "rider" price or else purchased at the full price at a GPO bookstore thereafter. For its last edition in 2004, the bookstore price was $62.50 greater than the "rider" price; it is expected that the "rider" price savings will be comparable for this edition.

In light of the FOIA Guide's biennial publication cycle, it is essential that each federal agency place an advance order for the full number of books that it will require over the course of the next two years. The Office of Information and Privacy encourages all agency FOIA personnel to make sure that their agencies place orders for the full number of this comprehensive reference volume that they will need, and to do so in a timely fashion.

Please also note that this instruction letter is being disseminated to all agencies exclusively through FOIA Post. It no longer is mailed as in years past. OIP's publications editor, Pamela Maida, is available to answer any question regarding this at (202) 514-5105.  (posted 10/3/06)

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