Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)


The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides members of the public the right to request access to any Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) records. Information in those records may be protected by one of nine specific FOIA exemptions. It is OHA's policy to make its records available to the public to the greatest extent feasible, redacting only that information that is exempt from disclosure under the FOIA.

OHA makes its final decisions, regulations, and other information publicly available on its website. Please use the links below to see if the documents you are seeking are available on our website.

By clicking on Search Decisions, you will find final opinions rendered in the adjudication of cases as required by 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(2).

By clicking on the OHA organization links below, you will find explanatory and contact information and applicable procedural regulations. 

The IBLA also maintains a Frequently Requested Records page .

If you are seeking documents that are not already available on the OHA website, you may submit a FOIA request to the appropriate OHA office through the Department's FOIA Public Access Link at: (account required) or at   

Department of the Interior

For information on DOI policy statements, administrative staff manuals and instructions affecting a member of the public, and copies of records frequently requested under the FOIA, please visit the DOI FOIA website.

If you are seeking general information about DOI or one of its bureaus or offices, you may wish to visit DOI’s home page or contact the Office of Communications/Public Affairs for the appropriate bureau. The information you are seeking may be available in one of DOI’s reading rooms or via the Internet. If it is not, you will need to submit the FOIA request to DOI or the appropriate bureau or office. If you have questions on what information is available without submitting a FOIA request or where information may be located, contact one of the FOIA Contacts.


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