FOIA Request Form

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Please note that the complexity of your request will affect the order in which your request is processed.  For more information on multitrack processing and how it affects your request, please see section 2.15 of our regulations.

Your Contact Information:

Note: This section corresponds with 43 C.F.R. Part 2, Subpart B.

(Providing an email address allows DOI and its bureaus/offices to communicate with you electronically when appropriate. It will also ensure that you receive an email confirmation of our receipt of your request.)

Your Request:

Note: This section corresponds with 43 C.F.R. Part 2, Subpart B.

Please select which bureau or office you would like to receive your request.

Please describe the information you are seeking so that an employee familiar with the subject area of the request may locate existing record(s) with a reasonable amount of effort. Include descriptive information, time frame to be searched, etc. In order for a record to be considered subject to your FOIA request, it must be in the bureau's or office's possession and control at the time the bureau or office begins its search for responsive records.

Please indicate your desired record format.

Expedited Processing:

Note: This section corresponds with 43 C.F.R. § 2.10 and § 2.20.

A request for expedited processing must set forth the reasons why the request should be expedited. You must certify that the reasons given for seeking expedited processing of this request are true and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief. The action Bureau/Office will notify you of its decision whether to grant expedited processing within ten days after receiving the certified request. If the Bureau/Office denies the request for expedited processing, you will be advised of your right to submit an administrative appeal, which will be handled expeditiously. A reporting or court deadline is not a sufficient justification.

You MUST provide a justification statement that explains in detail 1) how your request meets one or both of the criteria above (see 43 C.F.R. 2.20(a)) and 2) certifies that your explanation is true and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief if you have requested expedited processing.

Fees and Waivers:

Note: This section corresponds with 43 C.F.R. Part 2, Subpart G.

Please be advised that by making a FOIA request, it shall be considered an agreement by you to pay all fees unless you have been granted a fee waiver or specify your willingness to pay fees up to a particular amount. We will confirm this agreement in our acknowledgement letter. 

If the bureau processing your request finds that the actual cost will exceed the amount you specified above, the bureau will stop processing the request and consult with you (see 43 C.F.R. 2.49(d)).

If you are seeking a fee waiver, it is your responsibility to provide detailed information to support your request by addressing all the criteria outlined in 43 C.F.R. 2.48. If you do not submit sufficient justification, your fee waiver request will be denied (see 43 C.F.R. 2.45).

Please explain why your request for a waiver of fees or a reduction in fees is justified.