Record Format Issues

The federal Freedom of Information Act defines a “record” in part as “any information that would be an agency record subject to the requirements of [the FOIA] when maintained by an agency in any format, including electronic format.”1 While there remains little debate that electronic versions of records are subject to the FOIA, disputes can arise over what exact formats of a record must be disclosed to a requester under FOIA. This section discusses such records format issues and gives particular attention to electronic format disputes.

1 5 U.S.C. § 552(f)(2).