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Freedom of Information Act Handbook

The United States Mint Electronic Reading Room

The Mint's Website also allows you access to the Mint's Electronic Reading Room.  The purpose of this page is to provide the Public with a mechanism to locate U.S. Mint records which may already be online and available thus avoiding the submission of a FOIA request.

The type of information found in the Electronic Reading Room, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(2), as amended by P.L. 104-231 is FOIA-processed records that are likely to become the subject of subsequent FOIA requests, along with other "(a)(2)" materials (i.e., final opinions, including concurring and dissenting opinions and orders made in the Mint's adjudication of cases; statements of policy and interpretation that have been adopted by the Mint and are not published in the Federal Register; and administrative staff manuals and instructions, or portions thereof, that establish Mint policy that affect a member of the Public).  Specifically,

  • frequently requested United States Mint contracts and associated attachments and/or modifications;
  • the Mint's Directive on the FOIA (i.e., Mint Directive MD 7B-7);
  • the Freedom of Information Act Report to Congress;
  • the United States Mint Telephone Directory;
  • the United States Mint Strategic Plan;
  • the United States Mint Annual Report;
  • the statements of the Director of the Mint and other Mint Officials before Congressional Committees;
  • the Negotiated Agreement Between the United States Mint and Mint Council American Federation of Government Employees (AFL-CIO);
  • the Citizens Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee (CCCAC) Annual Report to Congress;
  • the Commemorative Coin Program Report (CCRA);
  • the Public Enterprise Fund (PEF) Report;
  • Mint Press Releases; etc.

The FOIA also requires each agency to provide an appropriate physical area to be used as a "reading room" where the Public may visit, read and/or copy the material required to be made available under 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(2), as amended by P.L. 104-231.  To comply with this requirement, the Mint has an area located in the Office of Chief Counsel of the U.S. Mint Headquarters in Washington, D.C., for the Public's use. Contact the Disclosure Officer for the Mint for use or further information.

Format of access is the only difference between the information found in the Mint's Electronic Reading Room and the physical area designated as a "reading room" mentioned above.

That is, information/records may be inspected in either paper or electronic form.  However, when appropriate, the Mint reserves the right to invoke 5 U.S.C. 552(b) exemptions.


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