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Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act

Your Rights to DHS Information under FOIA

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal statute. FOIA generally provides that any person has a right to request access to federal agency records. FOIA also establishes a presumption that records in the possession of agencies and departments of the Executive Branch of the U. S. government are accessible to the people, except to the extent the records are protected from disclosure by any of nine exemptions contained in the law or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.

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Statutes & Resources

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Washington MonumentDirectives & Instructions
Issued to establish DHS-wide policy that is effective for operations and must be observed by all employees...
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Includes awards and orders, contracting opportunities and IT acquisitions...
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Our contact information and links to component FOIA web pages...
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Includes Annual Reports, Improvement Plans and the Chief FOIA Officer Report...
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Check the status of your FOIA request...
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Copies of records that have been released and are likely to be requested again...


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