THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA)
"The basic purpose of FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed." NLRB v. Robbins Tire Co. 437 U.S. 214, 242 (1978).
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HOW TO MAKE A REQUEST
If the information you want is not publicly available, you can submit a FOIA request to the appropriate office. Not all requests are equal: Properly drafting your request is critical to obtaining all the relevant information sought. Requests must be in writing and reasonably describe the records you seek. Most federal agencies now accept requests electronically, including by web form, e-mail or fax. See specific agency requirements for details about how to make a request to each agency and any specific requirements for seeking certain records.
WHAT CAN I ASK FOR?
A FOIA request can be made for any agency record. You can also specify the format in which you wish to receive the records (for example, printed or electronic form). The Act does not require agencies to create new records or to conduct research, analyze data, or answer questions when responding to requests.
What is FOIA?
Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions.