Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Freedom of Information Act

From the U.S. Department of Education

  • What is FOIA

    - The federal FOIA does not provide access to records held by state or

    local government agencies, or by private businesses or individuals.

    Most states, and some local jurisdictions have their own laws about

    access to state and local records. State Education agencies should be

    contacted for further information about these statutes.

  • Making a Request

    - Under certain circumstances you may be entitled to receive more

    information under the Privacy Act of 1974 than under the FOIA. Privacy

    Act requests can be made only by U.S. citizens or aliens lawfully

    admitted for permanent U.S. residence who are seeking information about

    themselves in a system of records maintained under their names or other

    personal identifiers.

  • E-FOIA Reading Room

    - The U.S. Department of Education (ED) makes certain types of records,

    created by the agency on or after November 1, 1996, available

    electronically on the Internet. The e-Reading Room consists of:

    Frequently requested information; Decisions rendered in the

    adjudication of administrative cases; Final statements of policy;

    Annual FOIA reports to Congress; Other documents, including ED's

    Records Disposition Schedule...

  • FOIA Frequently Asked Questions - Where do I send my requests/letters?  Who is the contact person for FOIA matters?  How quickly do you respond to requests?...
  • Fees

    - Upon receipt, your request is reviewed to determine how fees will be

    assessed. Fees are determined based on the type of requester you are

    (commercial, educational/scientific, and all others). Requesters from

    educational/scientific and commercial institutions must pay for search

    and review time and reproduction costs. All other requestors pay

    reproduction costs only with the first 100 pages free.

  • Links to other websites on FOIA - From
  • Full Test of FOIA from the Department of Justice

    - Full text of the Freedom of Information Act in a form showing all

    amendments to the statute made by the "Electronic Freedom of

    Information Act Amendments of 1996." All newly enacted provisions are

    in boldface type.