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Freedom of Information Day

March 8, 2019 - 4:09pm -- wendy
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What is Freedom of Information Day, you ask?  It's a day near James Madison’s birthday (this year it’s on his actual birthday, Saturday, March 16) to celebrate our right to access information held by the federal government.  President Madison is considered the Father of the Constitution and was a big believer in the openness of government, as well as the fourth President of the United States.

What kinds of information are available through the Freedom of Information Act? You can access records held by federal agencies except those that are confidential to protect personal privacy, national security or financial and commercial interests. The Freedom of Information Act does not give access to Presidential, Congressional or federal court records, either.

What does this mean for you? Say you want to know what the government knows about UFOs: you can check out UFOs: Fact or Fiction from the CIA or Roswell UFO from the FBI, which are commonly requested documents.  

Want more information?  Visit FOIA.gov, or if you are interested in local information try the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA).