Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access Federal records unless the information in those records is protected by one or more of the nine exemptions (reasons an agency may withhold records from a requester) and there is a sound legal basis to withhold them. Our responsibility is to provide you with copies of the documents you are entitled to receive under the law.

If you are seeking general information from partners, you may wish to visit their home pages:
- Bureau of Land Management
- Bureau of Reclamation
- Federal Highway Administration
- National Archives & Records Administration
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
- National Park Service
- Smithsonian Institution
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- US Army Corps of Engineers
- US Fish & Wildlife Service
- USDA Forest Service

The information you are seeking also may be available already at FirstGov. If it is not, you will need to submit a written FOIA request to the appropriate Federal organization. If you have questions on what information is available without submitting a FOIA request or where it may be located, contact the agency directly.