Carmen L. Mallon
Chief of Staff
Office of Information Policy
Department of Justice
1425 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
Many documents are available to the public without having to make
a FOIA request. These documents are called "proactive disclosures"
because they are automatically posted online by all Department
The Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison (OIPL), formerly the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, was established in its current form in 1996. The OIPL staff manage and coordinate the Department of Justice's (DOJ) efforts to inform and engage state and local government, law enforcement, and many other groups and organizations, acting as their liaison with DOJ. OIPL ensures that the Department's policies and positions on a variety of complex issues are clearly communicated to these groups as well as making certain that the state and local perspective is taken into account as DOJ policies and programs are discussed and implemented.
A comprehensive guide to the FOIA that serves as a handbook for obtaining information from the Department
Special information required to make a FOIA request:
Publicly available information for which a FOIA request is not required:
FOIA requests are placed in one of three tracks. Track one is for those requests which seek and receive expedited processing pursuant to subsection (a)(6)(E) of the FOIA. The second track is for those requests which do not involve voluminous records or lengthy consultations with other entities. Track three is for those requests which involve voluminous records and for which lengthy or numerous consultations are required, or those requests which may involve sensitive records.
Major Information Systems
OIPL Filing System