OIP regularly conducts training sessions throughout the year on all aspects of the FOIA and on a wide variety of FOIA related topics, 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. Descriptions of these sessions as well as 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.

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Digital FOIA Training Resources

OIP has developed a suite of FOIA resources designed to train all levels of the federal workforce to understand their FOIA responsibilities. These resources were developed as part of our commitments in the U.S. Second Open Government National Action Plan, as well as the Department’s Open Government Plan 3.0.

Memorandum from Acting Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery to Agency General Counsels and Cheif FOIA Officers of Executive Departments and Agences Regarding Freedom of Information Act Training

OIP's collection of training tools are designed to help ensure that these important resources are available for all federal employees -- from the senior executive, to agency program personnel, to the FOIA professionals responsible for processing records for disclosure. These resources are listed below alongside links and instructions for how to access them: 

  • FOIA Infographic - A one page handout covering FOIA basics for all employees new to the federal workforce.
  • Senior Executive Briefing - A short video from the Director of OIP for agency senior executives, providing a general overview of the FOIA and emphasizing the importance of their support to their agency's FOIA program. This video is available on both the Justice Department website (available to view and download) and on the Justice Department's YouTube channel.
  • FOIA e-Learning Modules - Two modules designed for use in agency e-Learning systems. The first module is an in-depth course specifically designed for FOIA professionals, addressing all of the major procedural and substantive requirements of the law. The second is a brief module designed for all federal employees that provides a primer on the FOIA and highlights ways in which they can assist their agency in the administration of the law.

To obtain the two FOIA e-Learning modules on CD for direct upload into your agency’s Learning Management System (SCORM 1.2 LMS ready), please contact OIP's Training Coordinator at Once you are sent the CD, please provide it to your agency’s e-Learning staff as the courses will have to be uploaded into the Learning Management System before they can be taken by agency staff.

If your agency has access to an FTP server that can be used electronically to send you these modules, please contact Andy Anderson at

Yearly training courses Offered by OIP and OLE

Training is open to federal government employees only and registration is required. To register for any of the training seminars listed below, please email your name to OIP's Training Coordinator at

In the subject line of your email, please specify the name of the course and the date you wish to attend the training. If registering multiple individuals, please include email addresses for each individual in the registration message. Additionally, please note in your registration e-mail if you require any special accommodations such as a sign language interpreter. In order to arrange for such accommodations, we ask that you provide this notice at least five (5) business days in advance of the training. Once you are registered, you will be sent an email confirming your registration as well as the location of the training.

All sessions, unless otherwise noted, are held in Washington, DC at a DOJ facility. Once the capacity for each session has been reached, a waiting list will be started and you will be notified of your placement on this list when attempting to register. If space becomes available, you will be sent an email confirming your spot in the class as well as the location of the training. If you are placed on the waitlist, please note that space may not become available until a day or so leading up to the program; OIP’s Training Staff will advise you of any change in your registration status as soon as possible.

 All full-day or multi-day courses generally begin at 9:00 am and end by 4:30 pm.

If you have any questions, please contact OIP's Training Coordinator at (202) 514-FOIA (3642).

Introduction to the Freedom of Information Act 

This full-day program provides attendees with a basic overview of the FOIA as well as a hands-on workshop focused on the procedural requirements involved in processing a FOIA request from start to finish, including:

  • An overview of the FOIA’s procedural requirements,
  • an overview of FOIA exemptions,
  • basic principles for processing FOIA requests from start to finish, 
  • communicating with requesters,
  • searching for and reviewing documents, and
  • preparing final determinations and responses.

This course is intended for:

  • FOIA Professionals with less than 1 year of experience,
  • FOIA professionals responsible for processing requests, and
  • agency personnel who work with FOIA only occasionally or need a general familiarity with the FOIA in order to recognize and handle FOIA-related issues.

FY 2017 Dates:

  • November 7, 2016
  • May 24, 2017 (registration begins March 1, 2017)

The Freedom of Information Act for Attorneys and Access Professionals

This two-day program provides multiple lectures and workshops for a comprehensive overview of the FOIA, including:

  • An overview of the FOIA’s procedural requirements and exemptions,
  • workshops on individual FOIA Exemptions,
  • basic principles for processing FOIA requests from start to finish,
  • the FOIA’s proactive disclosure requirements, and
  • the interface between the FOIA and the Privacy Act.

This course is intended for:

  • FOIA professionals with any level of experience seeking a detailed training all major aspects of FOIA administration, and
  • any other agency professionals who interact with the FOIA as a part of their duties, including paralegals, records managers, and attorneys.

FY 2017 Dates: 

  • January 24-25, 2017 (registration has begun)
  • April 4-5, 2017 - CLASS AT CAPACITY
  • June 13-14, 2017 (registration begins April 1, 2017)
  • July 18-19, 2017 (registration begins May 1, 2017)

Advanced Freedom of Information Act Seminar

This full-day program provides lectures and discussions on advanced topics in FOIA administration, including:

  • An update of current policy developments impacting FOIA administration,
  • an overview of recent FOIA court decisions,
  • advanced procedural and exemption considerations.

This course is intended for:

  • FOIA professionals with more than 5 years of experience, and
  • supervisory officials of agency FOIA programs.

FY 2017 Dates:

  • January 26, 2017 (registration has begun)

FOIA Litigation Seminar

This full-day program provides lectures and instruction on considerations that arise in the course of FOIA litigation, including:

  • Guidance on successful litigation strategy,
  • advanced litigation considerations, and
  • details on the preparation of Vaughn Indices and declarations.

 This course is intended for:

  • Attorneys who handle FOIA litigation, and
  • FOIA professionals who handle FOIA requests in litigation and/or work on FOIA litigation matters.

FY 2017 Dates:

  • October 24, 2016
  • June 28, 2017 (registration begins April 1, 2017)

Continuing FOIA Education

This new program provides a discussion of current topics in FOIA administration, including:

  • An update of current legal and policy developments impacting FOIA administration, and
  • an overview of recent FOIA court decisions.

 This course is intended for:

  • FOIA professionals with who have already received FOIA training and who are looking for a refresher on current topics.

FY 2017 Dates: 

  • April 18, 2017 - CLASS AT CAPACITY



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.


Updated February 10, 2017