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1. For a good guide to more state-specific information, visit the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press’ website.

2. Depending on the state, you may be able to get certain records more quickly from a state open records request.

3. Many federal agencies post the FOIA regulations on their websites. Examples of specific federal agency regulations on fee waivers are 28 C.F.R. §16.10(k) (Department of Justice) and 6 C.F.R. § 5.11(k) (Department of Homeland Security).

4. For a full description of what kinds of request can be granted expedited processing, see 5 USC 552 (a)(6)(E).

5. See DHS regulations at 6 C.F.R. §5.5 (e)(1).

More information

This guide is provided as part of the Center for Constitutional Rights Open Records Project. On the Center for Constitutional Rights’ website you can find additional resources, examples to borrow from, and links that can help you with your request. The Open Records Project also provides FOIA trainings to advocates and lawyers, which you can request on the website.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is honored to have partnered on FOIA requests and litigation with the organizations mentioned in this guide:

Detention Watch Network, Color of Change, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Immigrant Defense Project.



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