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Scott A. Hodes is a sole practitioner in Washington, D.C., practicing Information and Privacy Law. Mr. Hodes assists clients in gaining access to government records under the FOIA, Privacy Act and other federal agency access provisions. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Hodes was an attorney at the Department of Justice for over a decade. He served in the FBI's Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Section from 1998 until 2002 as the Acting Chief of that Section's Litigation Unit. Mr. Hodes served at the Department of Justice's Office of Information and Privacy from 1991 until 1998. His website is, and he is a member of the DC and Maryland bars. See also Mr. Hodes' blog, The FOIA blog - Everything FOIA (and government disclosure). Mr. Hodes is currently President of the American Society of Access Professionals.

FOIA Facts: Privacy Under the FOIA vs. Historians/Journalists Need for Access to Data

Scott A. Hodes discusses how without a proof of death, or an authorization from a person, the government will deny a FOIA request about a third party, and will withhold third party names in records it actually processes.

Subjects: FOIA Facts