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Immediacy of Searching : Search for requests, appeals, and records stored across multiple agencies, in a central repository. Full text searching allows for discovery of relevant information within electronic records. Records are immediately available online upon release. Search FOIA Requests
Go Green : Requests, appeals, records, and communication are handled electronically. This greatly reduces the reliance on hard copies throughout the FOIA process.
Economies of Scale: Central Location : Records and requests are stored in one central location, providing a government-wide destination for the creation and processing of FOIA requests. Reporting capabilities provide a level of visibility to allow the public to monitor government responsiveness.
Guest users are welcome to submit requests, search for previously released records, and generate reports, but guests will have limited tracking and communications features. Enhanced features are available to users with accounts.
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to request information from federal agencies.
From FOIAonline you can submit FOIA requests to all participating agencies, track the status of requests,
search for requests submitted by others, access previously released records,
and generate agency-specific FOIA processing reports.
FOIAonline participating agencies include:
- The Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Commerce (except the US Patent and Trademark Office), U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of General Counsel of the National Archives and Records Administration, Merit Systems Protection Board, Federal Labor Relations Authority, Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Department of the Navy.
- New: As of October 1, 2014, the General Services Administration and the Small Business Administration have joined FOIAonline as participating agencies.
- From October 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services participated in a piloted use of FOIAonline for the purpose of accepting only requests for records that DO NOT contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII). The pilot ended on April 30, 2015 and any requests for records containing PII or non-PII must be submitted directly with USCIS using the methods described at How to File a FOIA/PA Request.
- As of February 17, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission has joined FOIAonline as a participating agency.
A chart provides further details on the information available in FOIAonline by participating agency.
Note: Privacy Act requests must be sent directly to the appropriate agency.