OPA Freedom of Information Act
Chief, Initial Request Staff
Office of Information Policy
Department of Justice
1425 New York Avenue, 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 Office of Public Affairs answers questions from the media and advises the Attorney General and other officials of the Department on dealing with the media. The office keeps copies of press releases, speeches, and testimony. Records maintained include those relating to the administration of the office.
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.