Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

FOIA provides 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.

FOIA Procedures & Guidelines
FOIA Request Form

What is FOIA?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a United States federal law that grants the public access to information possessed by government agencies. Upon written request, U.S. government agencies are required to release information unless it falls under one of nine exemptions listed in the Act which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.

When was the Freedom of Information Act passed?

The Freedom of Information Act was initially introduced as the bill S. 1160 in the 89th Congress. When the two-page bill was signed into law it became Pub.L. 89–487, 80 Stat. 250, enacted July 4, 1966, but had an effective date of one year after the date of enactment, or July 4, 1967.

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