FOIA Reading Rooms

On October 2, 1996, President Clinton signed into law the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 (the E-FOIA Amendments). Under subsection (a)(2) of the FOIA, agencies must make four distinct categories of records affirmatively available for "public inspection and copying." These "reading room" records consist of: (1) final opinions and orders rendered in the adjudication of administrative cases; (2) specific agency policy statements; (3) certain administrative staff manuals; and, (4) as of March 31, 1997*, records disclosed in response to a FOIA request that "the agency determines have become or are likely to become the subject of subsequent requests for substantially the same records." In addition, the E-FOIA Amendments provide for the accessibility of other records that the Commission determines may be of interest to the public.

* Many public records created prior to 1997 are not online and may be available through our Consumer Response Center. Requests for public material should be made to:

Consumer Response Center ("CRC")
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20580

Telephone number: (202) 326-2222