As some of you might know, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) turned 50 this year! Over these past 50 years FOIA has played an incredibly important role in improving the public's understanding of the government's actions. For one recent example, the photographs of Vice President Cheney on 9/11 that were released as a result of Associated Press's FOIA request add a new dimension to our understanding of that event.
As the Federal FOIA Ombudsman, the Office of Government Information Services plays an important role in improving understanding of the FOIA process. In line with that responsibility, we are working with other colleagues in the National Archives to develop material that teachers can use to improve students' understanding of historical events and expose them to the power of FOIA.
In order to leverage the National Archives' existing educational resources to develop this material, we need your suggestions for documents in the National Archives Catalog! We are looking for records in the National Archives Catalog that will help students understand the role of the FOIA in improving understanding of the government's actions.
Have a suggestion? Leave a comment here, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We look forward to hearing your ideas!