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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)


The Freedom of Information Act generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions. Our policy is to answer all requests as accurately and completely as possible from existing records. In order to accomplish this most efficiently we require all requests to be submitted in writing, by postal service, facsimile, or messenger; requests must contain the requestor's postal address and the name of the person responsible for paying any fees that may be charged. A phone number where we can reach the requester to get clarification of the request or resolve other issues concerning the request, is strongly recommended. Providing the request in writing assures that all the rights provided by the FOIA and these regulations are protected (for example, the right to administratively appeal any denials we may make and the right to have our decisions reviewed in Federal court).

Please address your request to the Freedom of Information Officer of the HHS stating that you are seeking records housed in the Office of Inspector General. The HHS FOIA office will forward the request to the OIG FOIA office for processing.

HHS Freedom of Information Officer
Room 645-F, Hubert H. Humphrey Building
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201.

FAX Number: 202 690-8320
FAX Confirmation: 202 690-7453

Write the words "Freedom of Information Act Request" on the envelope and on the letter.

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