FOIA jobs: looking for all of your ideas on #FOIAchat

I wrote a weekly FOIA Friday column for for about a year. The position that I had was eliminated in layoffs in March 2011, as the Ann Arbor Chronicle’s story History Repeats at describes. Ironically, I was laid off the week before the newspaper industry promotes Sunshine Week, though I am certain that was just coincidence.

What do you do with all of this experience in dealing with the Freedom of Information Act? Here’s a quick poll to generate some ideas. Feel free to add your own, if the one you want isn’t listed or mentioned.

The poll is from the Princeton based All Our Ideas, which is much niftier than any other survey research tool I’ve used.

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Edward Vielmetti writes the Vacuum weblog, which started in 1999, and organizes the FOIA Coordinator weblog as well. Reach him by electronic mail at


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