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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows you to access information from the federal government. HRSA, like all federal agencies, must disclose any information under FOIA, unless it falls under an exemption.

How do I make a FOIA request?

  • Before making a request, first search the HRSA site to see if the information is already publicly available.
  • If the information is not on our site, submit a FOIA request to our office using our mailing address or email.

What should I include in my request?

Provide a written description with enough detail so that our staff can locate the information with a reasonable amount of effort. The more information you provide, the better possibility we have of finding the records you are seeking.

Information that will help us find the records would include:

  • The agencies, offices, or individuals involved;
  • The approximate date(s) when the records were created;
  • The subject, title, or description of the records sought; and
  • Author, recipient, case number, file designation, or other reference number, if available.

Additionally, please include:

  • Your name, full mailing address, and phone number and if available, your email address.
    • This information allows us to reach you faster if we have any questions about your request.
  • State your willingness to pay all fees, or the maximum amount of fees you are willing to pay, and/or include a request for a fee waiver/reduction.
  • Mark both your letter and envelope, or the subject line of your email, with the words “FOIA Request.”

What are FOIA exemptions?

There are nine exemptions, which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.

References

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) – (PDF - 79 KB)
FOIA Improvement Plan
Executive Order 12600: Predisclosure notification procedures for confidential commercial information
Department of Justice FOIA Guide

Contact Us

Freedom of Information Officer
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 13-N82
Rockville, Maryland 20857

Phone: 301-443-2865
Email: foia@hrsa.gov
FOIA Officer: Tom Flavin
HRSA FOIA Public Liaison

Denise F. Wallace

FOIA Reading Rooms

HRSA’s Public Reading Room (Rockville, MD); contact our office for available dates and times
HHS’s FOIA Library / Reading Room