Laws and Executive Orders
- The Freedom of Information Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. 552)
- Openness Promotes Effectiveness in Our National Government Act of 2007
- Executive Order 13392, "Improving Agency Disclosure of Information"
- Executive Order 12600, "Predisclosure Notification Procedures for Confidential Commercial Information"
Impact on Requests Processed by DOI Bureaus/Offices
Congress has provided special protection in the FOIA for three narrow categories of law enforcement and national security records. The provisions protecting those records are known as "exclusions." The first exclusion protects the existence of an ongoing criminal law enforcement investigation when the subject of the investigation is unaware that it is pending and disclosure could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings. The second exclusion is limited to criminal law enforcement agencies and protects the existence of informant records when the informant's status has not been officially confirmed. The third exclusion is limited to the FBI and protects the existence of foreign intelligence or counterintelligence, or international terrorism records when the existence of such records is classified. Records falling within an exclusion are not subject to the requirements of the FOIA. So, when a component responds to your request it will limit its response to those records that are subject to the FOIA.
- Managing Government Records Directive M-12-18 (August 24, 2012)
- President's Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on FOIA (January 21, 2009)
- President's Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on Transparency and Open Government (January 21, 2009)
- Attorney General's Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies on FOIA (March 19, 2009)
- DOI FOIA Regulations (effective as of January 30, 2013)
- DOI Privacy Act Regulations
- Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Guidelines for FOIA Fees
- DOI FOIA Fee Schedule (effective January 1, 2014)
Interior Policies, Procedures and Guidance
- Sample Language for FOIA Responses (issued September 9, 2014, last updated September 24, 2014)
- FOIA Handbook (July 15, 2014)
- Exemption 4 in a Nutshell (March 22, 2013)
- Departmental Manual Chapter on FOIA (383 DM 15, effective February 13, 2013)
- The Impact of Missed Deadlines on FOIA Processing Fees (April 19, 2012)
- OCIO Directive 2010-011 Implementing Administration Guidelines for the FOIA (August 6, 2010)
- Deputy Secretary Hayes's FOIA Policy Guidance Information Memorandum (August 7, 2009)
- Secretary Ken Salazar's FOIA Policy Guidance Memorandum (July 2, 2009)
- OCIO Directive 2009-003 OPEN Government Act Provisions Taking Effect on December 31, 2008
- Solicitor Guidance Regarding FOIA Requests for Personal Information of Commenters (May 25, 2006)
- Information Resources Management Bulletin No. 96-04 Processing FOIA Requests for Personal and Personnel-Related Information (March 1, 1996)
- Department of Justice Guide to the FOIA - The Department of Justice updates this document on a rolling basis.
- Statutes Found to Qualify Under Exemption 3 of the FOIA (January 2014)
- Department of Justice-Office of Information Policy FOIA Post
- General Records Schedule 14, Information Services Records
- Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) - Standard OGIS Language for Agencies:
The 2007 FOIA amendments created the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) to offer mediation services to resolve disputes between FOIA requesters and Federal agencies as a non-exclusive alternative to litigation. Using OGIS services does not affect your right to pursue litigation. You may contact OGIS in any of the following ways:
Office of Government Information Services
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road - OGIS
College Park, MD 20740-6001
Disclaimer: To the extent that anything included on the DOI FOIA website may be or could be construed as inconsistent with the law or DOI's regulations, the law and regulations will control DOI's responsibilities under the FOIA.