Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

About FOIA | About the Privacy Act | FOIA Reading Rooms
Making a Request | FAQs | Contacts | Links | FSC Organizational Chart

The Department is currently experiencing technical difficulties with our FOIA request form. To submit a new FOIA request, please email your request to:

About FOIA

More Resources

 Requests Status Log
 Current Log - FY2013
 download files PDF (742K)

Open Government Plan
Annual FOIA Report - FY2011
download files  PDF (1.74MB)
download files  XML (691K)
Chief FOIA Officer's Report
download files  PDF (1.1MB)
Archived Annual Reports
Presidents Memorandum Regarding FOIA disclaimer
Attorney General Holder's FOIA Memo download files
ED FOIA Regulations
DOJ FOIA Guide disclaimer
U.S. Department of Education FOIA Plan and Status Reports

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, was enacted in 1966 and generally provides that:

The federal FOIA does not provide access to records held by state or local government agencies, or by private businesses or individuals. Most states, and some local jurisdictions have their own laws about access to state and local records. State Education agencies should be contacted for further information about these statutes.

Making Requests

Consult the Making a Request link if you plan to make a FOIA request to the U.S. Department of Education. You may be able to access the information you need on the Internet without making a FOIA request. Before making a FOIA request, you should browse our FOIA Reading Room and search the website. Both contain many documents that are available to the public.

Print this page Printable view Bookmark  and Share
Last Modified: 01/08/2013