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Making a FOIA Request

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted in 1966 to allow individual citizens to request access to government records. Many documents concerning the activities of the Offices of the United States Attorneys is available in the FOIA Library without a Freedom of Information Act request.

How to make a FOIA or privacy act Request
General guidance on how to make a request

Are we the right FOIA Office for your request?

  • If you think your records are held by any of the 94 USAOs or EOUSA, submit your request to us.  If you think your records are held by other offices in the Department of Justice, please visit the Office of Information Policy’s list of Department of Justice FOIA ContactsOpens in New Window to determine where you should submit your request.

Multitrack processing
When you make a FOIA request, it can be placed in one of three tracks:

  • Track One: requests expedited in accordance with subsection (a)(6)(E) of the FOIA
  • Track Two: requests which do not involve voluminous records or lengthy consultation with other entities are placed in track two.
  • Track Three: requests which involve voluminous records and for which lengthy or numerous consultations are required, or involve sensitive records
Major Information Systems

COVID-19 Pandemic Delays

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EOUSA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission as effectively and efficiently as possible while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your FOIA request or appeal.  We will be able to acknowledge requests made electronically more quickly than by mail.  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.
Additional questions?

Contact us here:
Arla Witte-Simpson, FOIA Public Liaison, FOIA/Privacy Staff
Executive Office for United States Attorneys
Department of Justice
175 N Street, NE
Suite 5.400
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Main: (202) 252-6020

Updated August 3, 2021

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