Freedom Of Information Act

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Department of Interior FOIA regulations, instructions, and general information can be found on the Department of the Interior's FOIA page. (Note DOI has issued new FOIA regulations effective January 30, 2013)

NPS Uses Multi-track Processing of FOIA Requests- In accordance with 43 CFR 2.15, the NPS uses four processing tracks based on the amount of time required for a request to be processed: Simple, 1-5 workdays; Normal, 20 workdays; Complex, over 20 workdays; and Exceptional / Voluminous which will take over 60 workdays to process.

NPS FOIA Library
Current and completed FOIA Materials. Formerly known as FOIA Reading Room.

NPS FOIA Officers
If you would like to file a FOIA request, please contact a NPS FOIA Officer. Grand Canyon National Park is located in the Intermountain Region

To send a FOIA request electronically, contact us.

 

FOIA Fee Information:

The Department's bureaus and offices are authorized to charge fees to requesters in order to recover the direct costs of search, review and duplication of requested records. If the total costs of supplying the requested information is less than $50, the Department will waive any applicable fees. If the total costs will exceed $250, you may be required to pay before the Department begins its search. Fee and fee waiver issues can be complicated. If you have additional questions, please see our regulations.

Cost Breakdown


Bureaus/offices will charge for processing requests under the FOIA in accordance with theDepartment's FOIA regulations and the Office of Management and Budget's Guidelines. Bureaus/offices ordinarily will collect all applicable fees before sending copies of records to you and can charge search and review costs even if no records are found or the record reviewed is ultimately not disclosed.

Duplication Charge

$ .15 per page for standard-size paper.

Search and Review Fees (effective January 1, 2014)

  • Clerical Staff (GS-7 and below): $6 per 15 minutes, $24 per hour
  • Professional Staff (GS-8 through GS-12): $10.50 per 15 minutes, $42 per hour
  • Managerial Staff (GS-13 and above): $15.25 per 15 minutes, $61 per hour

Requesting a Fee Waiver

If you are seeking a fee waiver, it is your responsibility to provide detailed information to support your request. You must submit this information with your FOIA request. Each fee waiver request is judged on its own merit. The Department does not grant "blanket" fee waivers. The fact that you have received a fee waiver in the past does not mean you are automatically entitled to a fee waiver for other requests you submit, because an essential element of any fee waiver determination is whether the release of the particular documents sought will likely contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the Government.

Fee Waiver Criteria


An essential element of any fee waiver determination is whether the release of the particular records sought will likely contribute significantly to public understanding of the operation or activities of the Government. The bureau will release records responsive to a request without charge or at a reduced rate if the bureau determines, based on all available information, that you have demonstrated that disclosing the information is:
  1. Is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government, and

  2. Is not primarily in your commercial interest.


In deciding whether you have met the criteria above, the Department will consider the following factors:

  1. The subject of the request must concern identifiable operations or activities of the Federal government, with a connection that is direct and clear, not remote or attenuated.

  2. The disclosable portions of the requested records must be meaningfully informative about government operations or activities to be "likely to contribute" to an increased public understanding of those operations or activities. Information that already is in the public domain, in either the same or a substantially identical form, would not contribute to such understanding.

  3. The disclosure must contribute to the understanding of a reasonably broad audience of persons interested in the subject, as opposed to your individual understanding. The bureau will consider your expertise in the subject area as well as your ability and intention to effectively convey information to the public.

  4. The public's understanding of the subject must be enhanced to a significant extent by the disclosure.

Requester Category Search fees Review fees Duplication fees
Commercial use requester Yes Yes Yes.
Educational and non-commercial scientific institutions No No Yes (first 100 pages, or equivalent volume, free).
Representative of news media requester No No Yes (first 100 pages, or equivalent volume, free).
All other requesters Yes (first 2 hours free) No Yes (first 100 pages, or equivalent volume, free)

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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