|November 5, 2008
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. Like all federal agencies, the Department of Labor (DOL) is required to disclose records requested in writing by any person. However, agencies may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the statute. FOIA applies only to federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies.
Consult our Guide for Requesting FOIA Records and list of Individual Components & Responsible FOIA Officials if you plan to make a FOIA request. DOL and its agencies have made hundreds of thousand of pages of information immediately available to you through our Web site. Before submitting a FOIA request, we encourage you to use the DOL search to see if the information you seek is already posted on our Web site.
Below are links to our Department's FOIA resources. We have also compiled a listing of other FOIA resources including the General Services Administration's Questions and Answers on FOIA.
DOL-Wide FOIA Reading Room - Includes information from all DOL agencies, including the items most frequently requested under FOIA.