Freedom Of Information Act
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 legal basis to withhold them.
Our responsibility is to provide you with copies of the 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 http://www.doi.gov/foia/contacts.html). 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.
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Disclaimer: To the extent that anything included on this home page may be or could be construed as inconsistent with the law or DOI's regulations, the law and regulations will control DOI's responsibilities under the FOIA.
Did You Know?
Gulf Islands National Seashore's Fort Massachusetts, on West Ship Island 12 miles off the Mississippi coastline, was covered by the 30-foot storm surge from Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005. The fort has been reopened to the public.