Freedom Of Information

Welcome to the BOP's FOIA pages. We hope this site facilitates your efforts to obtain public information about the Bureau.

What Is FOIA?

The Freedom of Information Act was enacted in 1966 to provide any person with access to Federal agency records and information. It applies only to Federal agencies, not to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies (each state has its own public access laws that should be consulted for access to state and local records). See the U.S. Department of Justice FOIA page for more information on the Freedom of Information Act.

BOP's FOIA Service Center

The BOP's FOIA Service Center (FSC) is available to requesters seeking information concerning the status of a submitted FOIA request.

BOP FSC: (202) 616-7750

BOP's FOIA Public Liaison

Any requester with concerns about the service received through the FOIA Service Center should contact the BOP FOIA Public Liaison (FPL). The Public Liaison should only be contacted after the requester has received an initial response from the FSC.

BOP's FPL: William Baumgartel