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FOIA drop-box

A tweet from John Wonderlich (from the fabulously cool Open House Project!) yesterday got me thinking. He posted about submitting his first Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. I’m not sure what the request entails, but my thought was that it’d be cool if there was somewhere on the net that folks who got documents via a FOIA request could submit copies of both the request and the documents.

Now maybe there already is, although I don’t think the Memory Hole does this (hey Russ Kick, is MH defunct? I don’t see any new content since Oct 2006!). My library is already gobbling up and preserving the FOIA reading rooms, but I don’t have any sense about how many FOIA request documents make it into those agency sites. Does anyone have an answer to that?

So, if you’ve got any FOIA documents laying around your hard drive, send them over to FGI at admin AT freegovinfo DOT info. We’ll post them on this site and on the Internet Archive’s US Government Documents collection. We’ll make sure they get on the ‘net and get preserved for long-term access!

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