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OIP regularly conducts training sessions throughout the year on all aspects of the FOIA and on a wide variety of FOIA related topics. Here you will find descriptions and dates of various training seminars, meetings, and events offered by OIP, including yearly training offered in connection with the Office of Legal Education, specialized training sessions, as well as public training events, meetings, and town halls. Additionally, training materials such as slide presentations and handouts accompanying OIP’s most popular programs are provided below. Feel free to contact OIP if your agency is interested in specialized FOIA training.

Yearly training courses Offered by OIP and OLE

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 lectures on the various FOIA exemptions and on procedural issues, as well as a discussion on proactive disclosures and the FOIA fee and fee waiver requirements.

November 19-20, 2013 (Washington, DC)
February 25-26, 2014 (Washington, DC)
May 13-14, 2014 (Washington, DC)
July 15-16, 2014 (Washington, DC)

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.

March 26, 2014 (Washington, DC)

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 11, 2014 (Washington, DC)

Introduction to the Freedom of Information Act

This 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.

April 16, 2014 (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. This seminar will provide guidance on successful litigation strategy and will address in detail the preparation of Vaughn Indices and declarations.

October 23, 2013 (Washington, DC)

Training is open to federal government employees only and registration is required. To register for any of the training seminars listed above, please e-mail your name to OIP's Training Officer at In the subject line of your e-mail, please specify the name of the course and the date you wish to attend the training. If you have any questions, please contact OIP's Training Officer at (202) 514-FOIA (3642).

Specialized Training Seminars

As the government’s lead FOIA policy office, OIP continues to offer specialized training on FOIA matters throughout the year. These training seminars focus on selected FOIA provisions, recent court decisions, and refresher courses on the FOIA’s reporting requirements. Whenever OIP decides to hold a specialized training seminar, there will be an announcement in FOIA Post with details on the type of training and its location.

Public Training Events, Meetings, And Town Halls

OIP holds various types of events, meetings, and town halls, to bring together agency personnel and the requester community. These events help facilitate dialogue between agency FOIA professionals and FOIA requesters in order to make the administration of the FOIA work better for all parties involved. Whenever OIP decides to hold a public training event or meeting, there will be an announcement in FOIA Post with details on the type of event and its location.

training Materials


President Obama’s and Attorney General Holder’s FOIA Memoranda

Effective FOIA Administration

Overview of the Freedom of Information Act – Procedures

Overview of the Freedom of Information Act – Exemptions

Achieving Transparency through Proactive Disclosures and the Use of Technology

Guidelines for 2014 Chief FOIA Officer Reports

Guidelines for 2013 Chief FOIA Officer Reports

Guidelines for 2012 Chief FOIA Officer Reports

Chief FOIA Officer Reports

Chief FOIA Officers Conference

Guidelines for 2011 Chief FOIA Officer Reports to the Department of Justice Pursuant to Attorney General Holder's FOIA Guidelines

OIP Training Slides for Agency Fiscal Year 2013 Annual FOIA Report Preparation

Refresher Training on the Guidelines for Preparation of Fiscal Year 2012 Agency Annual FOIA Reports

Refresher Training on the Guidelines for Preparation of Fiscal Year 2011 Agency Annual FOIA Reports

Refresher Training on the 2008 Guidelines for Preparation of Annual FOIA Reports

FOIA Public Liaisons Training

Fees and Fee Waivers

FOIA Fee Summit

Exemption 2 After the Supreme Court's Ruling in Milner v. Department of the Navy

Customer Service

Procedural Guidance

Exemption 1

Exemption 4

Exemption 5

Exemptions 6 and 7C


OIP Guidance and Suggested Best Practices for Improving Transparency

Updated: June 2014
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Next Events
July 15-16, 2014
July 17, 2014
For a full list of upcoming events, visit our Key Dates page.
To access DOJ documents that are posted online by OIP, please visit the FOIA Library.
For government-wide FOIA information including how to make a FOIA request to other federal agencies, please visit FOIA.GOV.
General Information Office of Information Policy
Melanie Ann Pustay
Office of Information Policy
(202) 514 - FOIA (3642)
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