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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

This page will teach you how to submit a request for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) records.  DHS receives and responds to more FOIA requests each year than any other U.S. Federal Agency.

As the DHS Chief FOIA Officer, the Chief Privacy Officer oversees the FOIA program and reports on performance.  Learn more about the law that gives the public access to DHS records on our Policy and Compliance page. Learn more about FOIA data on our Reports page.

FOIA Steps- 1. Search Available Records, 2. Learn How to Make a Request, 3. Submit a Request, 4. Check Status

  • Search Available Records

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    Search previously released records before submitting a request.

  • How to Make FOIA Requests

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    Learn how to submit a FOIA request or a Privacy Act request. Failure to submit all required information will result in delay or rejection of requests.

  • Submit a FOIA Request

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    FOIA Request

    Submit A FOIA request to the DHS Privacy Office or a Component online.

  • Check Status of Request

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    Use your tracking number to track your request.

  • FOIA Policy & Compliance

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    FOIA Policy & Compliance

    The DHS Privacy Office issues the Department's FOIA regulations and policies.

  • FOIA Reports

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    FOIA Reports

    The DHS Privacy Office published the Annual FOIA Report and the Chief FOIA Officer Report.

Last Updated: 04/14/2022
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