Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
All federal public websites* must comply with existing laws and directives that relate to the Freedom of Information Act. The principal requirement is that websites must have a page that includes certain content as required by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This page should include information about how the public can request information under the Act. Organizations should review the FOIA and implementation guidance to ensure that their public websites meet the full range of requirements.
- Freedom of Information Act (PDF, 109 KB, 13 pages, April 2007)
- Memo to Agency Heads with updated guidance on implementing the Freedom of Information Act (March 19, 2009) (PDF, 1 MB, 3 pages, March 2009)
- Frequently Asked Questions at FOIA.gov (maintained by the US DOJ)
- The Federal Communications Commission FOIA page clearly explains the required steps to complete a FOIA request and spells out the name of the program on the homepage.
- EPA has several ways to help the public with their FOIA requests.
- All agency FOIA pages at FOIA.gov
*These requirements apply to executive departments and agencies and their public websites. Check the specific law to see if it also applies to the judicial or legislative agencies or to intranets.