OPA Freedom of Information Act

FOIA Contact:

Carmen L. Mallon
Chief of Staff
Office of Information Policy
Department of Justice
Suite 11050
1425 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
(202) 514-FOIA

Submit and Track a Request or Appeal

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
components.

Component Description:

The Office of Public Affairs answers questions from the media and advises the Attorney General and other officials of the Department on dealing with the media. The office keeps copies of press releases, speeches, and testimony. Records maintained include those relating to the administration of the office.

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:

None. For more information on how to submit a FOIA request to the Department of Justice, visit the Make a FOIA Request to DOJ page of our site.

Publicly available information for which a FOIA request is not required:

Department Press Releases
Publicly Distributed Documents

Many other proactively disclosed documents are available to the public without having to make a FOIA request in the Department’s FOIA Libraries.

Multitrack processing:

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

Press Release Files