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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), enacted in 1966, pertains to a person’s right of access to federal agency records, except those protected from disclosure by a set of exemptions and special law enforcement record exclusions.
The general public (whether or not they are United States citizens), military personnel, civilians, organizations, businesses or members of Congress (for themselves or their constituents) may request records under the FOIA.
The FOIA applies only to federal agency records, which means documents held by the U.S. federal government's executive branch.
The following types of information regarding federal agencies must either be published in the Federal Register or made available for inspection and copying without the formality of a FOIA request:
A FOIA request should be made in writing. A short and simple letter will suffice. It should be signed. It should state that the request for information is being made under the FOIA. The letter should specify the information being requested. The name, address and telephone number of the requester should be clearly indicated. A fee may be assessed to cover some or all of the processing costs.
Part B FOIA requests should be sent to:
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