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z The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

"The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government." is a government-wide portal for the Freedom of Information Act that was developed as part of the Department of Justice’s Open Government plan. At, you have access to all the FOIA data collected by the Department of Justice on behalf of the federal government.

Make a FOI request

Introduction and History of FOIA

Links to Government Agencies

This is not a full list of government agencies that make information available through FOIA. For the complete list please visit and click on "View the full list of agencies for information on how to make a FOIA request"

Happy National Freedom of Information Day and Sunshine Week!

Sunshine Week occurs each year in mid-March, coinciding with James Madison‘s birthday and National Freedom of Information Day on the 16th.Freedom of Information Day is March 11-18, 2019, kicking off the week-long festivities, celebrating the Freedom of Information Act and your right to know executive branch information.

This topical guide to FOIA is arranged by tabs across the top which group similar information together. On this tab, you’ll find the essentials of FOIA, as well as a list of agencies that make information available through FOIA.  Hover over the abbreviations for the full title of the council, department, agency, foundation or office name.

For more information, see the tabs most closely relating to your area of inquiry. For example, if you are interested in some of the most common FOIA requests, select “Popular FOIA requests.”

Under "Research" you'll find assistance with citing sources you find in this guide using common citation styles.

For assistance, email Lori Gwinett, Government Information Librarian

Associate Professor and Librarian

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Lori Gwinett
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Political Science & International Studies

Public Administration

Legal Studies


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