Each Monday, The Eagle highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
For a complete list of You Oughta Know columns, go to www.kansas.com/oughta.
The record: The U.S. Department of Justice's annual Freedom of Information Act report.
Why you'd want it: The report, according to the Justice Department, includes detailed statistics on the number and disposition of FOIA requests, including response times, volume of requests and personnel costs. The Justice Department also has made available 19 other annual FOIA reports from a sampling of federal agencies.
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Where you get the records: From the Justice Department's Web site, www.justice.gov.
Click on the "Setting a Transparency Precedent" link on the home page. Or go directly to www.justice.gov/oip/fy08.html.
How much it will cost: The information is free.