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By Peter Hernon, Robert E. Dugan, John A. Shuler

There is a wealth of presidency details to be had on the net, such a lot of it worthwhile and masses of it loose! This source is helping voters locate and use the data our tax funds pay for. ready by means of one of many country's premiere specialists on U.S. govt info and his colleagues, this moment variation is multiplied to just about 1,400 federal executive sites. The authors discover new websites, electronic reference companies, and navigation recommendations for successfully getting access to and utilizing on-line govt details. up-to-date with the most recent details from the hot management and the 107th Congress, this moment version has been subtle with positive factors together with a close research of knowledge regulations governing e-government, improved assurance of the liberty of knowledge Act and sites dedicated to it, course to websites that offer subject-specific facts, and extra. With this booklet any govt details seek turns into more straightforward - even if it is speaking with public officers, downloading tax types, getting to know family tree, looking for academic technology websites for children, making plans a holiday at a countrywide park, or trying to find details on monetary relief and can provide. The Library of Congress, the dep. of safeguard, NASA, the ultimate courtroom, the CIA, and dozens of alternative govt businesses are only a click on away. greater than a listing, this authoritative paintings provides clients a transparent realizing of U.S. executive firms, their on-line guides, and their purposes. there's helpful history fabric on all 3 branches of the govt and the data they disseminate. clients may also become aware of the place to discover executive courses and companies which are on hand throughout the net. a complete bankruptcy on executive websites geared toward adolescence, mom and dad, and educators can be specifically invaluable within the school room or college library, in addition to at domestic. The authors make it effortless to faucet into the riches of presidency details and for librarians to include executive info into their digital collections or on-line catalogs. a necessary and updated reference, the ebook presents a competent highway map to an unlimited and numerous box of knowledge. It belongs in each public, educational, and college library - and at the bookshelves of all U.S. voters who desire to locate govt details on the internet.

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In the case of the executive branch, information seekers need an elementary understanding of the Freedom of Information Act and the difference between a publication and a record. Furthermore, GPO Access is not an easy gateway to navigate. It includes many different services but does not lay them out easily for a novice searcher to follow. FirstGov (see Chapter 3) is a portal that enables information seekers to search across Web sites and, to some extent, branches of government. However, the results may appear overwhelming even though they are not comprehensive.

The FOIA, which "is exclusively a disclosure statute,"13 was intended to serve primarily as a means of access to relatively current records (paper documents, films, tapes, and other materials created or obtained by an agency as part of its official duties), rather than to large numbers of decades-old records of permanent historic value. It does not apply to the president or vice president or to the legislative and judicial branches of government. , specifically authorized under criteria established by an executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy, and security classified as such; related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of any agency; specifically exempted from disclosure by statute; personnel or medical files; records or other information compiled for law enforcement purposes; and geological and geophysical information and data).

1). , Chapter 9), as more government agencies are beginning to answer questions from the public. 2). • Coverage has been expanded in many of the chapters, including the inclusion of more subjects in Chapter 12. The information provided in this guide is current to May 2001, and it is our intent and that of the publisher to update this guide biannually. html Peter Hernon Page xxiv This page intentionally left blank. Page xxv Acknowledgments To ensure the most accurate coverage of a highly complex topic, the following individuals critiqued specific chapters of the original manuscript: Harold C.

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