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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. Like all federal agencies, the Department of Labor (DOL) is required to disclose records requested in writing by any person. However, agencies may withhold information pursuant to the nine exemptions and three statutory exclusions contained in the statute. FOIA applies only to federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies.

Our Guide to Submitting Requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and list of agency components provide useful information to assist FOIA requesters in submitting a FOIA request by mail, fax or e-mail to the Department of Labor. You can view the list of disclosure officers to help you determine where to submit your request. Before submitting a FOIA request, we encourage you to use DOL search to see if the information you seek is already posted on our web site.

Below are links to our Department's FOIA resources. We have also compiled a listing of other FOIA resources including the General Services Administration's Questions and Answers on FOIA.

DOL-Wide FOIA Reading Room — Includes information from all DOL agencies, including the items most frequently requested under FOIA.

You can also find out the status of submitted FOIA requests using our FOIA tracking system.

Agency FOIA Sites

FOIA requests are usually managed by the individual agencies of the Department. Find out which agency may have the information you want.

Annual FOIA Reports

FOIA & the Privacy Act

Quarterly FOIA Data

FOIA Contacts

DOL Backlog & Related Information