USDA’s GIS Data Need Not Be Disclosed

June 28, 2011 | Roger McEowen


Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a governmental agency must disclose all records that are requested by “any person,” unless the information sought is exempt from a FOIA request.  The issue has come to the forefront again in a battle between two government agencies over access to USDA data that would also be helpful to the requesting agency.

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