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Can I Appeal the Decision of a FOIA Request?

You have the right to appeal a denial or partial denial of the FOIA request. 

An appeal must be received within 30 calendar days of the date of the response letter by the Assistant General Counsel for Administration (Office), Room 5898-C, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.  20230. 

Your appeal may also be sent by e-mail to FOIAAppeals@doc.gov or by facsimile (fax) to 202-482-2552. 

The appeal must include a copy of the original request, the response to the request and a statement of the reason why withheld records should be made available and why denial of the records was in error. 

The submission (including e-mail and fax submissions) is not complete without the required attachments.  The appeal letter, the envelope, the e-mail subject line, and the fax cover sheet should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act Appeal."  The e-mail, fax machine, and Office are monitored only on working days during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday). 

FOIA appeals posted to the e-mail box, fax machine or Office after normal business hours will be deemed received on the next normal business day.

Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021
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