about asap

Who We Are

The American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP) is a nongovernmental, independent, educational, not-for-profit association. It was founded in 1980 by concerned federal government employees and private citizens working in the fields of information access through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Privacy Act (PA), and laws and regulations.

ASAP was founded as a professional forum dedicated to bringing government FOIA and Privacy Act personnel in touch with the requester community. The requester community includes private citizens, law firms, businesses, media and nonprofit organizations; it is not a government agency.

ASAP is the leading organization providing quality professional educational programs. ASAP draws upon the highest caliber of government FOIA and Privacy instructors along with known experts in the public requester field to teach and discuss common problems in an open-dialogue forum. Tremendous insight and education are attained by both sides as each learns from the perspective of the other.

ASAP takes great pride in its programs, which have been cited consistently for their content excellence and for providing the opportunity to network with others across the United States and beyond. ASAP programs have something for everyone, from technical sessions to open forum discussions to informal gatherings where members and participants make some of their most important and long-lasting contacts. Learning — updating — enhancing skills — cost effective programs — these are just some of the reasons why our participants keep returning to ASAP programs year after year.