The Freedom of Information Act provides for the full disclosure of agency records and information to the public unless that information is exempted under clearly delineated
Steps to File a FOIA
How to submit a FOIA request, including required information and how to direct requests to the proper component.
File a Privacy Act Request
If you believe that the Department has records on you, you may submit a Privacy Act Request to review them.
Fee Structure and Waivers
Information on our current fee structure and how to request a fee waiver.
Read more on our Fee Structure and Fee Waivers.
Processing (Normal and Expedited)
FOIA requests are generally processed by order of receipt (first in, first out). However, you may request expedited processing of your FOIA request.
Find out more about FOIA Processing
Limits on FOIA Requests
While the FOIA supports disclosure of federal agency records, the law recognizes the legitimate need to restrict disclosure of some information.
Learn about FOIA Limits and Exemptions