Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal statute which allows any
person the right to obtain federal agency records unless the records (or part of
the records) are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions
contained in the law. On October 2, 1996, President Clinton signed into law the
Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 (E-FOIA). E-FOIA will
make it possible for individuals to have electronic access to certain USDA
information without making a formal FOIA request.