April 21, 1999
Release No. 021-99

CONTACT: Jimmye Claire Walker
PHONE: (202) 619-4355

United States Information Agency - News Release



Washington, D.C.The United States Information Agency (USIA) has inaugurated a new web site which includes copies of both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act. This web site will assist the public in accessing government information.

The new state-of-the-art web site, located under the heading of the USIA Office of General Counsel, implements changes generated by the 1996 Electronic Records Act. The site includes copies of both the FOIA and Privacy Act implementing regulations; a guide on how to make a FOIA request; an electronic request form; samples of frequently requested documents from USIA; a reading room; USIA's annual reports on FOIA activities; and links to other government agency sites.

Of special interest is the electronic reading room where users have quick access to frequently requested and released USIA documents. The data base is searchable by a keyword and a user-friendly form is available for new requests to speed up the FOIA process.

To visit the site go to USIA's Home Page at, scroll down to the heading for the Office of the General Counsel, and click on the link titled Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act.

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The United States Information Agency, headed by Acting Director Penn Kemble, is an independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch that explains and supports U.S. foreign policy and national security interests abroad through a wide range of information programs. The Agency promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through a series of educational and cultural exchange activities.

USIA's programs include the Voice of America, Radio and TV Mart­, the WORLDNET satellite television system, the daily Washington File newswire, the Fulbright scholarship program, the International Visitor Program, the Speakers and Specialists Program, three Foreign Press Centers in the United States, and a network of overseas resource and cultural centers. The Agency has 190 posts in 141 countries.

The USIA domestic server can be accessed through or through most search engines on the Internet.

United States Information Agency, 301 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20547
Tel: (202) 619-4355, Fax: (202) 619-6988

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