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Other Names: FOIA Request Freedom of Information Request Letter
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What is a Freedom of Information Request?

You may be entitled to information from federal agencies, but first you may need to send a Freedom of Information Request. The Freedom of Information Act requires certain federal agencies to disclose previously withheld information when requested. A Freedom of Information Request is a formal document that can help you get the information you want. 
A Freedom of Information Request can help get you access to information that's rightfully available from federal agencies. Maybe you want old grant proposals in order to make your application shine or maybe you're simply curious about something. Many government documents are public knowledge, however, you still need to ask. Luckily, sending a formal request is easy to do; all you need is a form letter and the address of the agency housing the information. You can get started quickly with a Freedom of Information Request.

When to use a Freedom of Information Request:

  • You want information from a federal agency.
  • You regularly apply for government funding, and want possible legal documents ready to go.

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Re: Freedom of Information Request


Dear Sir or Madam:


The purpose of this letter is to request information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. section 552. If this information is not available from your agency, please forward this request to the appropriate agency or advise me of the other agencies which might have this information.


Please provide me with a copy of the following items:



If any part or all of the materials are withheld under an FOIA exemption, please provide a list of the information withheld and mark any deleted sections. Please list the specific exemptions that form the basis for any deletion from a document or the complete withholding of a document.

. Since I am requesting information for this purpose, any fee associated with the search for the requested information should be limited to the reasonable standard charges of duplication only. The public will benefit from the release of this information because In any event, please provide me with an itemized statement of the applicable fees.



As provided for by section 552(a)(6)(A)(i) of the Freedom of Information Act, please provide your reply within twenty (20) business days. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.







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