The American Society of Access Professionals (ASAP) is an independent, educational, nonprofit association founded by concerned federal government employees and private citizens working in the fields of information access through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act, among others. ASAP was founded as a professional forum dedicated to bringing government FOIA and Privacy Act personnel in touch with the requester community, which uses the FOIA and Privacy Act. This requester community includes private citizens, law firms, businesses, media and nonprofit organizations. All ASAP programs draw upon the highest caliber of government FOIA and Privacy instructors and speakers together with known experts in the public requester field to teach and discuss common problems in an environment where each side voices its concern in open dialogue. Department of Justice attorneys and leading agency FOIA and Privacy Act personnel are always on the speakers and teaching platform. 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 content excellence and for providing the opportunity to network with others from across the United States and beyond. From technical sessions to open forum discussions to informal gatherings where members and participants make some of their most important and long-lasting contacts, ASAP programs have something for everyone. Learning — updating — enhancing skills — cost effective programs — these are just some of the reasons why participants keep returning to ASAP programs year after year.