Do It Yourself

Getting started on your own public records or Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request is not rocket science. 

You don't need a lawyer to do it.  Nevertheless, you do want to study up just a bit before you proceed.  By avoiding common errors you will speed up processing, avoid arguments, and experience better success in obtaining the information you want.  You'll also save on fees.  
It's important to know that there are two laws—one state, one federal— that provide access to information.

The first law is the State of Iowa Open Records statute, which creates a right of access to existing documents held by state agencies and other government bodies.

The other law is at  the federal level and provides access through the Freedom of Information Act.

The pages listed below provide some practical advice to help you get started.
Don't settle for less than you are entitled to
Freedom requires access to the whole truth.