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Columbia Journalism Review
October 6, 2016

Just launched: A tool that will make life easier for FOIA reporters
By Jonathan Peters

If confusion is the first step to knowledge, FOIA users must be geniuses. Fee categories. Pre-determination agency actions. Multitrack processing. Administrative appeals. Glomar responses. In some ways, the FOIA is as impenetrable as it is helpful, but a new resource wants to change all that: FOIA Wiki, which launched in beta today. It’s a free and collaborative FOIA resource created by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, with support from the FOIA Project, MuckRock, FOIA Mapper—and soon users like you. FOIA Wiki also includes a page for just about every federal agency where you might send a FOIA request, even the American Battle Monuments Commission (which I didn’t know was a thing until moments ago). These pages provide contact information for each agency, and by pulling data from MuckRock, FOIA Project and FOIA Mapper, they list the agency’s average response time and fee rate, among other data points—and they note all FOIA cases involving the agency......[Citing and using data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse's FOIA project]

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