FOIA Eyes Only:
How Buried Statutes Are Keeping Information Secret
Anyone can request information from U.S. officials under the Freedom of Information Act, a law designed to allow people to know what their government is up to.
When a government agency withholds information from a requester, it typically must invoke one of nine FOIA exemptions that cover everything from national security to personal privacy. But among that list is an exemption-known as b(3) for its section in the FOI Act-that allows an agency to apply other statutes when denying information requests.
View our interactive database of all the exemptions used in 2008-2009 and how they were used.