ODAG Freedom of Information Act
Chief, Initial Request Staff
Office of Information Policy
Department of Justice
441 G Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
Tel: (202) 514-FOIA
Fax: (202) 514-1009
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.
The Deputy Attorney General advises and assists the Attorney General in formulating and implementing Department policies and programs and in providing overall supervision and direction of all organizational units of the Department. The Office of the Deputy Attorney General, through the Justice Management Division's Office of Attorney Recruitment and Management, also administers the attorney hiring program of the Department and maintains the files containing Honor Program and Summer Law Intern Program applications. (Personnel files of attorneys employed by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Prisons, and Office of the Inspector General are maintained by those components; and personnel files for United States Attorneys are maintained by the Executive Office for United States Attorneys.) Records maintained include those relating to the administration of the office.
DOJ Reference Guide
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
Many other proactively disclosed documents are available to the public without having to make a FOIA request in the Department’s FOIA Libraries.
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.
- Track two 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.