about us Return to the home page

sample foia request letter


Freedom of Information Unit
(Name and Address of Government Agency)

Dear Sir or Madam:

Re: Freedom of Information Request

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, [and/or the Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552a,] I hereby request access to (or a copy of) all records pertaining to (describe the subject or document containing the information you want).

I am requesting these records (as a representative of the news media, for non-commercial personal use, for an educational institution, etc.).

[If any expenses in excess of $______ are incurred in connection with this request, please obtain my approval before any such charges are incurred. ]

[I request a waiver of fees because my interest in the records is not primarily commercial, and disclosure of the information will contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government because ______.]

I will expect a response within 20 working days as provided by law. If my request is denied in whole or in part, I expect a detailed justification for withholding the records. I also request any segregable portions that are not exempt to be disclosed.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Very truly yours,


Related Pages

Related Sections

home | secrecy blog | about us | join us | other secrecy sites
Powered by Public Citizen - www.citizen.org
Copyright © 2016 Public Citizen. All rights reserved.