The Freedom of Information Act of 1966, or FOIA, is a federal law that requires any federal organization to disclose records, documents, or other materials to the general public upon request. Its purpose is to provide transparency and allow citizens to know what is going on in their government. There are nine categories which are except from the Freedom of Information Act, including law enforcement, national security, and personal privacy. The act also requires some frequently requested records to be posted publically regardless of whether they are requested or not. FOIA is recognized as a significant part of the democratic process.
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