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Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency.

We celebrate this right on James Madison’s birthday, because he is widely regarded as the Father of the Constitution and the foremost advocate for openness in government..

Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.

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