FOIA 101: Understanding the Freedom of Information Act and recent changes

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    Speaker: Martin Ken Behr


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    Duration: 60 Minutes
    Product Code: 50391
    Level: Intermediate

OVERVIEW

How to File an FOIA or PA Request for Information within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  These include the following agencies within DHS: ICE, USCIS, and CBP.  

How and Where to File Your FOIA or PA request for Information Held by Other Agencies.  These include the IRS, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), federal criminal law-enforcement agencies, and state law enforcement agencies. 

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND

Convenience. You can participate in our FOIA webinar from a location of your choosing – your home, your office, or a client/customer location are all perfectly suitable for learning in a webinar environment. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection and a PC or a Mac from which to sign on to the webinar.

Focused Learning. You will receive an in-depth treatment of a very important topic that that specifically interests you -- or your business or boss.

Time Savings. There is no need to travel to participate in our FOIA webinar.  you save valuable time in your busy schedule. Additionally, as identified above, our FOIA webinar is a focused learning opportunity. The webinar is relevant to your situation.

Cost. Our FOIA costs a lot less than an equivalent traditional seminar or conference session. Further, because you do not travel to participate in our webinar, you save those costs also.

No Exam Required. You are not required to pass a final exam. Instead of worrying about passing a test, you can actually learn in comfort.  No stress.

Q & A.  You will have the opportunity to ask questions about the FOIA.  It is very nice to receive answers about  what interests -- or bothers -- you.

AREAS COVERED

  • What is the FOIA?
  • What is the PA?
  • Basic Tips for FOIA and PA Requests.
  • What to Expect After Filing,
  • Requests for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Information.
  • Requests for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Information.
  • Requests for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Information.
  • Filing a Complaint with the Travel Redress Inquiry Program.
  • Request for the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Requests for the Executive Office of Immigration Review.
  • FOIA Requests for Federal Criminal Records.
  • FOIA Requests for State Criminal Records.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Become familiar with The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 USC § 552, which generally states that any person has the right to request federal agency records or information. All agencies of the U.S. Government — including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) — are required to disclose records to members of the public upon receiving a written request for such records.  Learn that there are nine exemptions and three exclusions that limit what the government must disclose. Also learn which records are publicly available and which are not (classified information, national security, business proprietary information, personal privacy, investigative information etc).

WHO WILL BENEFIT

Customs Brokers, Human Resources personnel, company managers, lawyers (customs, immigration, employment, criminal), paralegals, accountants, taxpayers, international travellers, federal and other governmental employees, anyone interested in family history or ancestry.

SPEAKER

Martin is a customs and international trade lawyer admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and before the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and the U.S. Court of International Trade.  Martin received a bachelor of arts degree from Rutgers University, a master of public administration degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law - Newark. He is also a licensed U.S. Customs Broker, one who actually worked in the industry for a number of years.

Martin is a former U.S. Customs officer (senior inspector and import specialist), who was stationed at land, air and sea ports of entry.  While with U.S. Customs at the Port of New York/Newark, he was a member of the agency's export control branch.

Martin is also a former special agent with the U.S. Department of Defense, assistant prosecutor with the Office of the Hudson County (NJ) Prosecutor, and executive with a global FMC-licensed Ocean Transportation Intermediary. 

Now a part-time instructor with City University of New York's Baruch College, where he teaches international trade courses (import, export, logistics, business and law).  Martin was also an adjunct professor with Fashion Institute of Technology and Pace University.  In addition to his legal practice, Martin is of counsel to GRVR Attorneys LLC, a customs and international trade law group headquartered in Dallas, TX.

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