Please be advised that due to necessary operational changes as a result of the national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, there may be some delay in the processing of your request.

FOIA Contacts:

Melissa Golden
Lead Paralegal and FOIA Specialist
Office of Legal Counsel
Room 5511, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20530-0001
(202) 514-2053
Email: usdoj-officeoflegalcounsel@usdoj.gov

Requests also may be submitted through OLC’s FOIA.gov page, where you will additionally find OLC’s average processing times for the prior FOIA Fiscal Year.   

Please be advised that the Office of Legal Counsel is a very small component with a specific function within the Department of Justice, and OLC's FOIA staff only processes requests for OLC records.  Ms. Golden is the FOIA Public Liaison for OLC, and not for the Department of Justice as a whole.  For guidance on where to send non-OLC FOIA requests, please visit the Office of Information Policy's Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Electronic Reading Room:

This page includes certain materials that have not been selected for official publication but have nonetheless been released as a matter of discretion and posted publicly because they are the subject of repeated requests or may be of public or historical interest.

Component Description:

The Office of Legal Counsel prepares the formal opinions of the Attorney General and renders informal opinions and advice on questions of law to the various executive agencies and to other components of the Department of Justice. Records maintained include those relating to the administration of the office.

Information on Submitting a FOIA Request:

Office of Information Policy’s Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

DOJ Reference Guide (a comprehensive guide to the FOIA that serves as a handbook for obtaining information from the Department)

Major Information Systems:


Office of Legal Counsel Daybooks

Office Matter Tracking System
Updated September 8, 2020

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