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Foreign Agents Registration Act

FARA Foreign Agents Registration Act

Announcement: June 12, 2024

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The Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was enacted in 1938. FARA requires certain agents of foreign principals who are engaged in political activities or other activities specified under the statute to make periodic public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal, as well as activities, receipts and disbursements in support of those activities.  Disclosure of the required information facilitates evaluation by the government and the American people of the activities of such persons in light of their function as foreign agents. The FARA Unit of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section (CES) in the National Security Division (NSD) is responsible for the administration and enforcement of FARA.

Matthew G. Olsen
Assistant Attorney General for National Security

Department of Justice/NSD FARA Unit

Matthew G. Olsen Assistant Attorney General for National Security
  • The FARA Unit Public Office is open on official business days by appointment only between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please contact the FARA Unit at (202) 233-0777.  Registration statements are available online at by using the available search tools.  Appointments are only necessary to review materials that are not currently available online.

FARA Contact Information

Public information relating to FARA may be obtained in person at the FARA Unit Public Office located at:

Department of Justice/NSD
175 N Street, NE
Constitution Square, Building 3 - Room 1.204
Washington DC 20002

Hours of Operation:

Public Office: Monday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Deliveries: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


See the FARA contact information page for more details.

FARA Brochure: Protecting the United States from Covert Foreign Influence