Freedom of Information Act

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your FOIA request or appeal.  You may reach out to our FOIA Requester Service Center and FOIA Public Liaison if you have any questions about your request.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
FOIA Contact:

Jeremy LaFrancois
Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
441 G Street, NW Room 6330
Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20579-0001

Conventional Reading Room:

Foreign Claims Settlement Commission
441 G Street, NW Room 6330
Department of Justice
Washington, DC

FOIA Library:

This includes frequently requested records, opinions, policy statements, and staff manuals/instructions to staff, created by the Office of Foreign Claims Settlement Commission after November 1, 1996.

Component Description:

The Foreign Claims Settlement Commission adjudicates claims of United States nationals for losses resulting from the uncompensated nationalization or other taking of their property by foreign governments, and claims for compensation based on wartime confinement of United States servicemen and civilians as prisoners of war or civilian internees. The Commission maintains records on all such claims, on inquiries concerning such claims, and on the administration of the programs in which those claims are adjudicated. The Commission also maintains records on its own administrative operations and procedures.


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:

Decisions of past claims programs. If interested in such information, please contact the office listed above.

Major Information Systems:

Claims Against Albania

Claims Against Libya

Claims Against Iraq

Claims Under the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act

Updated March 2, 2021

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