Freedom Of Information Act
Freedom of Information Act Program
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access any Department of the Interior (DOI) records unless the information in those records is protected by one or more of the nine exemptions (reasons an agency may withhold records from a requester) and there is a sound basis to withhold them.
Our responsibility is to provide you with copies of these documents you are entitled to receive under the law. We want to work with you to achieve that goal. If you are seeking general information about DOI or one of its bureaus or offices, you may wish to visit DOI's home page or contact the Office of Communications/Public Affairs for the appropriate bureau. The information you are seeking may be available already in one of DOI's reading rooms or via the Internet. If it is not, you will need to submit a written FOIA request to DOI.
If the information you are seeking is not available online, you will need to submit a written FOIA request to the FOIA Contact at the bureau/office where you believe the records are maintained (see Contacts). You may also ask the FOIA Contacts what information you can obtain without submitting a FOIA request or where such information may be located.
You may also contact the FOIA Requester Center and the FOIA Liaison for information regarding the status of your request.
If you choose to make your request via the "Contact Us" link found throughout the site, please mention "Freedom of Information Act" either in the subject line or within the message body for our procedural process.
Did You Know?
The U.S. Army selected a spot overlooking the confluence of the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers for the site of a fort. Soldiers from the Rifle Regiment arrived in 1817 and named the site Fort Smith after their commanding officer, Thomas A. Smith.