FOIA Guidance

Below are links to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) statute, implementing regulations, executive orders, policies, and other guidance materials. 

The Statute

Department of the Interior (DOI) Regulations

DOI Policies

Secretary's Orders

Departmental Manual

FOIA Handbook

Required Language

Policy Bulletins

Privacy-Related Resources


Foreseeable Harm

Exemptions and Exclusions

DOI Records Information

Government-Wide FOIA Related Resources

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
Telephone: 202-741-5770
Fax: 202-741-5769
Toll-free: 1-877-684-6448

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.

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