What do I include in my FOIA request?
- Clearly state that you are requesting documents under the Freedom of Information Act.
- Regardless of whether you make your request by mail, fax, or e-mail, please provide your mailing address. It also helps to include your daytime telephone number in case staff need to contact you for clarification about your request.
- Be as specific as possible about the records you are requesting. (NOTE: The FOIA does not require agencies to create new records; therefore, please be sure you are requesting existing records.) Include information such as the subject matter and date and any other information that will help us search for documents.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Office of Analysis and Executive Support (Policy Office) | 1-301-763-6440 | Last Revised: April 24, 2013