FOIA Post (2010): FOIA TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: FISCAL YEAR 2011

August 9, 2010

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FOIA TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: FISCAL YEAR 2011

The Department of Justice's Office of Information Policy, in conjunction
with the Department's Office of Legal Education, will be offering five different
training programs on the Freedom of Information Act for the upcoming fiscal
year. These courses will be supplemented throughout the year by specialized
conferences held by OIP on topical issues related to improving transparency.

The regularly scheduled training programs for Fiscal Year 2011 are as follows:

The Freedom of Information Act for Attorneys and Access Professionals

This two-day program is designed for attorneys, FOIA specialists, and other
FOIA professionals with limited previous experience working with the FOIA
who are now or soon will be working extensively with the Act. This program
provides an overview of the FOIA including a discussion of the President's
FOIA Memorandum and the Attorney General's FOIA Guidelines. This course
also provides specialized workshops on the various FOIA exemptions and on
procedural issues, as well as a discussion on proactive disclosures and
FOIA fees and fee waiver requirements.

November 30 - December 1, 2010, Washington, DC
February 22-23, 2011, Washington, DC
May 3-4, 2011, Washington, DC
July 12-13, 2011, Washington, DC
August 16-17, 2011 (Seattle, Washington)

Advanced Freedom of Information Act Seminar

This seminar is designed for FOIA professionals and legal advisors of all
federal agencies. It provides advanced instruction on selected topics under
the FOIA, including up-to-date policy guidance and views from the FOIA requester
community. This program also serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas
useful in dealing with problems that commonly arise in administering the
FOIA.

April 6, 2011

Freedom of Information Act Administrative Forum

This program is designed for agency FOIA professionals who have several
years of experience with the FOIA and are involved in the processing of
FOIA requests on a daily basis. It is devoted almost entirely to administrative
matters arising under the FOIA -- such matters as record-retrieval practices,
multi-track queue usage, backlog management, affirmative disclosures, and
automated record processing. Designed to serve also as a regular forum for
the governmentwide exchange of ideas and information on matters of FOIA
administration, this program brings together veteran FOIA processors from
throughout the government and encourages them to share their experience
in administering the FOIA.

June 8, 2011

Introduction to the Freedom of Information Act

This half-day program provides a basic overview of the FOIA for agency
personnel who do not specialize in access law. It is designed for those
who either work with the FOIA only occasionally or need only a general familiarity
with the FOIA in order to recognize and handle FOIA-related problems that
may arise in other areas of agency activity.

March 22, 2011, Washington, DC

FOIA Litigation Seminar

This course is designed for agency attorneys and FOIA professionals and
focuses on the issues that arise when FOIA requests become the subject of
litigation. The seminar will provide guidance on successful litigation strategy
and will address in detail the preparation of Vaughn Indices and declarations.

November 17, 2010, Washington, DC

To find further information about these seminars, including application
requirements and enrollment information, go to the Office of Legal Education,
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/eousa/ole/, select "OLE Course Calendar," then select "Description of courses," and scroll down to the name of the seminar
in which you are interested. For enrollment information, return to "OLE
Course Calendar" and select "Procedures to attend a course." (posted 08/09/2010)

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