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FOIA Guide Seminar Scheduled for June 26

As announced through FOIA Post four weeks ago, the Office of Information and Privacy is planning to hold its largest FOIA-training program, the FOIA Guide Seminar, upon completion of its revision of the Freedom of Information Act Guide & Privacy Act Overview reference volume this year. See FOIA Post, "New 'FOIA Guide' and Case List to Be Published in May" (posted 1/31/02).

OIP has now made final arrangements for this program to be held on Wednesday, June 26, in the amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center Building in Washington, D.C., the same location at which it was held in June 2000 upon completion of the May 2000 "FOIA Guide." As in the past, this seminar will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. or later, depending upon the volume of participation and the logistics of program coordination in that location.

This governmentwide FOIA program, designed for the agency access professional or agency official who needs only a periodic update on current FOIA case law and policy developments, is conducted by OIP with support from the Department of Justice's National Advocacy Center (NAC), which is providing funding for it to be held in the Reagan Building's facilities. Arrangements have been made for the amphitheater to accommodate as many as 625 attendees for this program.

As with other Department of Justice FOIA-training programs, this seminar is available to the employees of all federal agencies, free of charge, subject only to space limitations. See FOIA Post, "FOIA Training Opportunities, Fiscal Year 2002" (posted 9/14/01). Now that the date for the seminar has been set, agency FOIA personnel may register for it by calling the Office of Information and Privacy at (202) 514-3642.

Questions regarding the FOIA Guide Seminar, or about any of the Department of Justice's FOIA-training programs, also may be directed to OIP's Training Officer, Bertina Adams Cleveland, at (202) 514-1010.

An additional program note: Due to unexpected logistical difficulties, the next session of "The Freedom of Information Act for Attorneys and Access Professionals" at the NAC in Columbia, South Carolina has now been rescheduled for April 16-18. It will be held in Columbia, as originally planned, but a week later than originally scheduled.   (posted 3/1/02)

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