FOIA FAQs

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  • What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?

  • Who can make a FOIA request?

  • How do I make a FOIA request?

  • Where do I send a FOIA request?

  • Is there a special form I have to use to make a FOIA request?

  • What can I ask for under the FOIA?

  • Who handles FOIA requests?

  • How is a FOIA request processed?

  • How much does it cost to make a FOIA request?

  • Can I ask that any fees be waived?

  • What will I receive in response to a FOIA request?

  • How long will it take before I get a response?

  • Can I ever have my request processed faster than usual or expedited?

  • Are there special requirements for obtaining records on myself?

  • What about requirements for obtaining records on someone else?

  • What are FOIA exemptions?

  • What are exclusions?

  • How do I file an administrative appeal?

  • What is the Presumption of Openness and Who Issues Guidance to Agencies on the FOIA?