The Freedom of Information Act is may be the most misunderstood of all methods to access public information.
But if used properly, the federal act ensures the public has access to records of federal executive agencies.
People often cite FOIA for public records requests at the state and local level, for which it does not pertain. N.C. Public Records Law governs public records requests at the state, county and local levels of government.
FOIA allows government and records access at the federal level.