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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

What is the FOIA?

Enacted in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552) is a law that provides to the public the right to access government records.  The purpose of  FOIA is to ensure that people are informed about the workings of government.  However, agencies may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the statute.  The FOIA applies only to federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts or by state or local government agencies.  Each state has its own public access laws that should be consulted for access to state and local records.

Submitting Your Request

Your request must be submitted in writing, by post or by e-mail.

Mail your request to the following address:

Attn: Chief FOIA Officer Janice Kaye
Anacostia Naval Annex, Bldg. 410/Door 123
250 Murray Lane, S.W.
Washington, D.C.  20509

You may e-mail your request to our FOIA Mailbox.

Although we are accepting Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by e-mail,  we’re sorry, but we are unable to accept Privacy Act requests by e-mail.


FOIA Service Center
(202) 395-3419
(202) 395-9458 - fax

FOIA Public Liaison
Jacqueline B. Caldwell
(202) 395-3419

FOIA Program Manager/Attorney
Melissa J. Keppel

FOIA Program Manager/Attorney
Monique T. Ricker

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FOIA Regulations

Electronic Reading Room

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding FOIA

Office of the US Trade Representative FOIA Reference Guide

Frequent FOIA Requests

FOIA Backlog Goals

Annual FOIA Reports

Office of the US Trade Representative FOIA Plan

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