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FOIA Training Opportunities, Fiscal Year 2008

The Department of Justice’s Office of Information and Privacy, in conjunction with the Department’s Office of Legal Education, will be offering four different training programs on the Freedom of Information Act for this upcoming fiscal year. The schedule for Fiscal Year 2008 is as follows:

The Freedom of Information Act for Attorneys and Access Professionals

This two-day program is designed for attorneys, FOIA specialists, and information officers with limited previous experience under the FOIA who are now or soon will be working extensively with the Act. Specialized workshops on the various FOIA exemptions emphasize the criteria for making information-disclosure determinations. Procedural issues and fees and fee waiver determinations are the topics of workshops as well.

October 10-11, 2007, Washington, DC
February 26-27, 2008, Washington, DC
May 6-7, 2008, Washington, DC
August 19-20, 2008, Denver, CO
September 16-17, 2008, Washington, DC

Advanced Freedom of Information Act Seminar

This seminar is designed for the principal legal and administrative FOIA officers of all federal agencies and major agency components, or their designees. It provides advanced instruction on selected substantive and procedural topics under the FOIA, including up-to-date policy guidance. It also serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas useful in dealing with problems that commonly arise in administering the Act. Registration is limited to no more than 50 attendees, all of whom should have attended the Department of Justice’s basic two-day FOIA course.

January 23, 2008
June 11, 2008

Freedom of Information Act Administrative Forum

This program is designed for agency FOIA personnel 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 Act -- such matters as record-retrieval practices, multi-track queue usage, backlog management, affirmative disclosure, 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 veteran FOIA processors from throughout the government together and encourages them to share their experience in administering the Act. The program also includes an overview of recent case law pertaining to the processing of FOIA requests.

January 24, 2008

Introduction to the Freedom of Information Act

This half-day program provides a basis 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 working familiarity with the FOIA in order to recognize and handle FOIA-related problems that may arise in other areas of agency activity.

November 27, 2007, Washington, DC
March 19, 2008, Washington, DC
July 16, 2008, Washington, DC

To find further information about these seminars, including application requirements and enrollment information, go to the Office of Legal Education,, click on “OLE Course Calendar,” then click on “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 click on “Procedures to attend a course.” (posted August 10, 2007)

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