FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
fulfilling its statutory mission to conduct educational programs
about FOIA, the FOIA Council provides training upon request
to interested groups, such as the staff of state and local
agencies, members of local governing bodies, media organizations,
citizen organizations, and any other group that wishes to
learn more about FOIA. Staff from the FOIA Council will travel
to the location of the group requesting training. The training
is tailored to meet the needs of the particular group, can
range from 45 minutes to several hours, and can present a
general overview of FOIA or focus specifically on particular
exemptions or portions of FOIA frequently used by that group
requesting training are strongly encouraged, but not required,
to consolidate training by including other like organizations
within a single or neighboring jurisdiction(s) wherever possible.
training is free of charge and is available generally from
March through November. Because the FOIA Council is a legislative
agency, training is generally not available while the General
Assembly is in session.
Council's training is preapproved by the Virginia State Bar
for continuing legal education credit for licensed attorneys,
the Department of Criminal Justice Services for law-enforcement
in-service credit, the Virginia Municipal Clerks Association,
and the Virginia School Board Association for academy points.
are interested in setting up FOIA training, please call the
FOIA Council at (804) 225-3056 [local] or 1-866-448-4100 [toll
free]. We suggest that you contact us as soon as you have
potential dates in mind for training so as to avoid scheduling
Council views its training duty as its most important mission
and welcomes every opportunity to provide FOIA training programs.