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Before making your request under the FOIA, make sure the records you seek are not already public; or, if records relate to a procurement, that a solicitation library does not already exist for those records.

Any individual may submit a FOIA request to NASA. You should submit your request to the FOIA Office at the NASA Center that is custodian of the documents. Goddard FOIA requests can be submitted by mail, fax, or electronic mail, at the following addresses:

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Freedom of Information Office
Code 130
Greenbelt, Maryland 20771

301.286.1712 Fax

+ Electronic FOIA Request Form or via E-Mail:

The above address is for requesting NASA Goddard Space Flight Center records only. The request must be in writing. No telephone requests will be accepted. If you do not know the exact title of the document you are seeking, you should provide a reasonable description of the documents. The more information that you can provide about the document, such as its author or date, the more expeditiously our search may be conducted. Requests for documents related to more than 2 contracts should be submitted individually for ease in processing. Your request will be logged and a tracking number assigned to it. The tracking number assigned is of great importance to you as a requester because, in the event you would like to check the status of your request, the number enables us to locate your request in the process.

You should submit your request to the FOIA Office at the NASA Center that authored the documents or the Inspector General's FOIA Office at NASA Headquarters for all Inspector General documents. If you do not know which NASA Center to contact, then you may submit it to NASA Headquarters. Headquarters will attempt to identify the responsible Center and forward your request.

We have included a link to the NASA FOIA Contacts List along with their telephone and fax numbers, and the appropriate numerical prefix for contracts generated by a particular center (i.e. "NAS5" indicates that the contract was generated by NASA Goddard). Also, a link is included to the NASA FOIA regulations, "Availability of Agency Records to Members of the Public" which will provide you with more detailed information concerning the processing of your FOIA request. You can also look at other sources of Public Information.