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So You Think You Can FOIA?

I can haz government records?

I can haz government records?

We’ve all been there: You spend all night on your F.O.I.A. request -cross every “t”, dot every “i”, spray a little cologne on the pages, put the whole thing in a nice plastic binder -and then ship it all off the next morning, only to wait weeks and weeks and weeks for some record custodian to deny you based on some bulls#!t technicality. Then your whole editorial schedule is blown, and you’ve got nothing to write, so you end up cranking out some casually sexist drivel just to meet your blog post quota for the day, and then someone on Twitter makes you feel bad about yourself, .

SUCKS.

If only there were some workshop you could attend that would teach you “how to submit effective government Freedom of Information Act requests that quickly get results.”

Oh, well, guess what, my friends?? I didn’t put the last part of that previous sentence in quotes for nothing! There IS such a workshop! And it’s being hosted in two scintillating parts by the National Press Club on Monday November 18 and Monday December 2 from 6:30 to 8:00 for the low, low price of $15 per class ($25 for both) for members!

Hot damn, what a deal!

The class is being taught by FOIA Research Center founder Lisette Garcia, and participants will “review case studies and learn how to overcome standard objections raised by U.S. records custodians at local, state, and federal levels. The first session will deal with initial requests, while the follow-up session will focus on appeals.”

Sure, it doesn’t sound as sexy as a Drone Summit, but it does seem more useful. And less deadly.

 

 

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