ASAP Member Benefits

Training Series
This "nuts & bolts" program is a series of one-day seminars on the FOIA and PA. The first day serves as an entry level program or refresher course, covering comprehensive overviews of each Act. The second and third days are designed to cover more advanced topics. The series is usually held in the Washington, D.C. area in late spring or summer.

Annual Symposium
Assuming a basic familiarity with the FOIA and PA, the two-day Symposium addresses policy issues, airs current controversies, and explores information disclosure frontiers. This program is usually held in the Washington, D.C. area in late fall or early winter.

Business Information Day Program
Program content concentrates on business information — the issues and procedures associated with Exemption 4. There are lectures, panel discussions and even role-playing with a hypothetical. This program usually immediately precedes or follows the Annual Symposium.

National Training Conference (NTC)
This program was created to bring educational opportunities beyond the Washington, D.C. area. The program combines "nuts & bolts" type training topics with the thought-provoking and practical issues associated with FOIA and Privacy Act processing and requesting. A special feature of the program is concurrent breakout sessions for individual agencies, thereby giving personnel a unique opportunity for Questions & Answers as they pertain to their own agency policies. The program is usually two or three days depending upon the venue. The venue is rotated throughout the nation with the program typically held the first week in March.

Food-For-Thought Seminars
ASAP sponsors four to six luncheon seminars each year highlighting a specific FOI or Privacy topic or issue. Speakers and topics vary according to interest levels and have included high profile members of the judicial branch, congressional staffers, journalists, new or proposed regulations, Web page content, appeal processes, etc. The program is designed to attract 20-50 people in an informal setting, conducive to questions and answers. ASAP underwrites the major costs of this program.

Job Bank
ASAP maintains an informal job bank. From time to time, ASAP receives job opening notices from federal agencies that are in turn distributed to members who have signed up to be on the distribution list.

Discounts
Members receive substantial discounts on ASAP educational programs.

Credibility
Benefit by belonging. All members agree to abide by the Statement of Principles and help develop the vision and shape the future of information access and privacy.

Networking
Members take advantage of the relationships they build with other access professionals.

Scholarship
The Diane Flores Korwin Scholarship is intended to provide financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate students.