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How to Submit a FOIA Request

A request for records under FOIA must describe them in a way that enables us to identify and retrieve the records with reasonable effort. You can do several things to speed processing time and to minimize fees:

  • Specifically describe the information you seek.
  • Narrow your request down to only the records you need.
  • Consider whether the OIG is the appropriate office for your request.

The easiest way to submit a request is by using the OIG's online FOIA Request Form. If you choose to submit your request by mail, email, or fax, please include the following:

  • Your name and address;
  • The telephone number at which you can be reached during normal business hours;
  • Your email address;
  • A statement agreeing to pay the applicable fees, identifying any desired fee limitation, or requesting a waiver or reduction of fees; and
  • Your fee category.

Please send it to:

FOIA Officer

Office of Inspector General

U.S. Department of the Interior

1849 C Street, NW


Washington, DC 20240

Fax: 202-219-1944 (Attn: FOIA Officer)


Detailed information on submitting a FOIA request is available in the DOI FOIA regulations. If you have questions about submitting your request, you may contact the FOIA Officer at 202-208-0954.

Last Updated: 07/22/2013