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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Handbook

This page provides information on how to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and how to submit a Privacy Act request; fee structure, waivers, processing information and limits on FOIA requests. 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 statutory language.

Steps to File a FOIA Request

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.

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.

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.

Last Published Date: January 31, 2017

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