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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.


FOIA Officer
Jacqueline B. Caldwell

1724 F Street, N.W., Room 514
Washington, D.C.  20508

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

Public Liaison
(202) 395-3419

The USTR Archives

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

Fee Schedule


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