In 1965, Congress introduced the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) which was later enacted into law in 1967. FOIA mandates that any previously unreleased or unshared information and documents that are under the control of the U.S. government, state, or any other public authority must be fully or partially disclosed upon request.
Through FOIA, you may acquire transparency to records and files maintained by a Federal agency. You may access information regarding the activities of Federal agencies by filing a FOIA request.
However, “all records” maintained by a federal agency are not releasable. For more information on protected records, please use the Regulations and Policies section below.