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FOIA Library

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The Office of Information Policy (OIP) processes FOIA requests for records of the Offices of the Attorney General (OAG), Deputy Attorney General (ODAG), Associate Attorney General (OASG), Legal Policy (OLP), Legislative Affairs (OLA), and Public Affairs (PAO), as well as for its own records. OIP posts documents from these Offices in this FOIA Library, making them available to you without the need to make a FOIA request. For older documents, please visit our Archive page.

Also, to find information about FOIA requests that have already been processed by OIP, you can review and/or download OIP’s FOIA Log.  The FOIA Log includes the request subject, tracking number, and disposition details for requests processed each month for the Offices listed above, and will tell you if records of interest to you have already been processed.  In some cases, the FOIA Log will indicate that the request or records were sent to another office for processing (in which case you can go to that office directly for more details), if no records were located on the requested subject, or if other information and assistance was provided in response to the request (such as, information on how and where to make a FOIA request, suggestions for state/local/judicial entities that might have records of interest, websites or other helpful resources, or information on how to use resources available on Justice.gov).  Please note that first-party requests submitted by or on behalf of individuals asking for their own records are not included in the FOIA Log.


All documents, unless otherwise noted, are available as Portable Document Format (PDF) files, which may be viewed with a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

FOIA-Processed Documents

Documents in this category have been disclosed, in full or with redactions, pursuant to previous FOIA requests.  In addition to posting “frequently requested records,” or those which have been released three or more times to FOIA requesters, OIP also posts other FOIA-processed documents which are likely to be of interest to the public.






More FOIA-Processed Documents

Operational Documents

Documents in this category include policy statements, staff manuals and instructions, final opinions and orders, which are always available without making a FOIA request.  The proactive disclosure of these records allows you to instantly access information which relates to the Department’s day-to-day operations.




Deputy Attorney General Memorandum Regarding Policy on Coordination of Corporate Resolution Penalties (May 9, 2018)

Attorney General Memorandum Regarding Communications with Congress (May 2, 2018)

Department of Justice Policy Regarding Communications with the White House (January 31, 2017)

Attorney General Memorandum Regarding Communications with Congress (January 29, 2018)

Letters Submitted to Congress Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 530D

Department of Justice Instruction on Social Media Account Management and Approval (February 9, 2018)

Department of Justice Instruction on Social Media Content Management Requirements and Procedures (February 9, 2018)

Department of Justice Policy Statement on Use of Social Media to Communicate with the Public (January 10, 2018)

Attorney General Memorandum Advising the Federal Bureau of Prisons that the Department will Continue to Use Private Prisons (February 21, 2017)

Acting Associate Attorney General Memorandum to Heads of Civil Litigating Components and United States Attorneys on Statement of Principles for Selection of Corporate Monitors in Civil Settlements and Resolutions (April 13, 2016)

Attorney General Memorandum to Federal Prosecutors on Guidance Regarding § 851 Enhancements in Plea Negotiations (September 24, 2014)

Attorney General Memorandum Regarding Revisions to Death Penalty Protocol (April 7, 2014)

Deputy Attorney General Memorandum for All Department of Justice Employees Concerning the Personal Use of Social Media (March 24, 2014)

Memorandum of Attorney General Eric Holder – Department Policy on Charging Mandatory Minimum Sentences and Recidivist Enhancements in Certain Drug Cases  (Aug. 12, 2013)

Deputy Attorney General Cole letter to Associated Press President and Chief Executive Officer Gary B. Pruitt (May 14, 2013)

OIP Memorandum on Protocols for Transmitting Consultations and Referrals within the Department of Justice (February 21, 2013)

Deputy Attorney General Memorandum for the Heads of Department Components Updating Restrictions on Commemorative Items and Trinkets (February 4, 2013)

Memorandum from the Acting Associate Attorney General and the Counsel to the President to Agency General Counsels and Chief FOIA Officers of Executive Departments and Agencies regarding the Freedom of Information Act (June 11, 2012)

Attorney General Memorandum for All Department of Justice Employees Concerning Election Year Sensitivities (March 9, 2012) [this supersedes the previous Attorney General memorandum concerning this topic (March 5, 2008)]

Attorney General Memorandum to All Federal Prosecutors on Changes to Death Penalty Protocol (July 27, 2011)

Deputy Attorney General Memorandum to Litigating and Law Enforcement Components and all Federal Prosecutors providing Guidance on the Use, Preservation, and Disclosure of Electronic Communications in Federal Criminal Cases (March 30, 2011)

Memorandum of Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler - Policy and Procedures Regarding Discoverable Information in the Possession of the Intelligence Community or Military in Criminial Investigations  (Sept. 29, 2010)

Attorney General Memorandum to Federal Prosecutors Concerning Department Policy on Charging and Sentencing (May 19, 2010)

Deputy Attorney General Memorandum Regarding Authorization for Certain Early Disposition Programs (December 28, 2009)

OIP Guidance Communication Concerning the Implementation of President Obama's Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act (sent to Agency Chief FOIA Officers, Agency Principal FOIA Contacts, and DOJ FOIA Officers) (January 23, 2009)

Deputy Attorney General Authorization Memoranda for Early Disposition Programs (a.k.a. Fast Track) (October 24, 2003 - May 29, 2009)

Documents of Prior Administrations

Organization, Mission and Functions Charts


FOIA Guidance issued by OIP can be found on the OIP Guidance page.  Additional FOIA resources, such as summaries of court decisions and the text and legislative history of the FOIA, can be found on the FOIA Resources page, and materials used in OIP training seminars is available on the Training page.


Updated October 3, 2018

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