FOIA Request

FOIA Request

Submitting a FOIA Request

Before submitting a FOIA request, individuals should ensure that the information they seek is not already in the public domain or located on the OIG website. If the information is not in the public domain, you may submit your FOIA request easily using the Online FOIA Request Form below. If you are having technical difficulties with this form, please contact the FOIA Officer at 202-208-0954.

You may also choose to submit your FOIA request via:

If you choose to submit your FOIA request via postal mail, please mark the outside of the envelope, "Freedom of Information Request" and mail to:
Alexandra Ellis- FOIA Officer
Office of the Inspector General (OIG)
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW,
Room MS-4428, MIB
Washington, DC 20240

You may fax a FOIA request to "FOIA Officer" at (202) 219-1944

You may also submit a FOIA request by sending an e-mail to

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This is a request filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Description of Records

You must describe the requested records in enough detail to enable an employee familiar with the subject area of the request to locate the record(s) with a reasonable amount of effort.

Supplying the following information will help us process your request in a timely manner. If you do not have the exact title or subject, please provide a one or two sentence description.

  Title or name of the record
  Author and/or recipient of the record
  Date or date range in which the record was produced or published
*  Description of the record 

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While all OIG records are retained according to the DOI Record Disposition Schedule, most records are not retained permanently. Therefore, the more information you provide, the easier it will be to determine if the records still exist and their location. In order for a record to be considered subject to your FOIA request, it must be in the OIG's possession and control at the time we begin the search for responsive records.

If you would like to provide documents that can help us find the records you are seeking, please send that information to the OIG FOIA Office via one of the following means. Please be sure to include your name, email address, phone number, and date of your FOIA request on your mailed document.

  • mail (U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General, FOIA Officer, 1849 C Street, NW, MS-4428, Washington, DC 20240).

Format of Records

The OIG must provide the record in the form or format you request if we can readily reproduce the record in that form or format with reasonable efforts. You may be charged the direct costs involved in converting information to the requested format if we normally do not maintain the information in that format.

If you have a preferred form or format for the requested records, please indicate your preference below.



*   To help determine your status for assessing fees, please check the box that applies to you or the party for whom you are making this request. See explanation of fees and fee categories at 43 CFR § 2.38

  and this request is made as part of a news gathering effort and not for commercial use.

*  Are you willing to pay for processing your FOIA request?  


If yes, how much? 

  US $

*  Are you requesting a statutory fee waiver?  



Expedited Processing

See 43 CFR § 2.20 for an explanation of the circumstances under which expedited processing will be granted.

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If yes, why? 


Filing on Behalf of Another Party

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If yes, which party? 


Contact Information

*  Name: 


*  Street Address:    

*  City: 

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*  Zip:(xxx or xxxxx or xxxxx-xxxx)   

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*  Phone Number (where you can be reached during business hours):(xxx-xxx-xxxx)   

Fax Number:(xxx-xxx-xxxx) 

Privacy Act Notice

This notice is provided in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3) (“Privacy Act”). The collection of the information within this FOIA Request form is authorized by the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 (“FOIA”), and U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) regulations at 43 C.F.R. part 2 (see section 2.1).

The information you provide will be principally used to respond to your request, manage the FOIA program, and collect data for reporting purposes. Completion of this form is voluntary, but failure to provide the information requested may preclude or delay the processing of your request.

The Privacy Act provides 'routine uses' under which the requested information may be disclosed outside of the U.S. Department of the Interior without consent. These routine uses are provided here and here within the Departmental Privacy Act notice, Electronic FOIA Tracking System and FOIA Case Files-Interior, DOI-71. This Privacy Act notice, DOI-71, is published at 67 Federal Register 58,817 (Sept. 18, 2002), as amended by 73 Fed. Reg. 8,342 (Feb. 13, 2008) and 75 Fed. Reg. 8,731 (Feb. 25, 2010).

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