Pros: the cases are interesting, i letter something about different laws, policies and procedures of the agency and how they opporate.
Cons: this position has sharpen my comprehension skills.
A typical day at work is processing FOIA cases from cradle to grave.
How to apply different exemptions to a case being able to identify fugitives cases, asylum testimony, investigations from other agencies, etc.
* I manage to complete 10 cases a day and prepare them for signature from the government FOIA Officer.
* Some days depending on how many cases that have been closed I assist the admin with batching and closing cases both on the data base tracking system (FileMaker Pro) and mailing cover letters and redacted documents.
* The most challenging part of my job is researching (ICE) pacific procedure on applying exemptions. In the FOIA world exemptions are applied to a case according to the government's agency specificity. Once I understand how the agency thinks in terms of what important to withhold and what's ok to release my job is easier.