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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Welcome to the NCCAM FOIA Web page. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552 provides individuals with a right to access records in the possession of the Federal Government.

On this page:

NCCAM Freedom of Information Coordinator

Suzanne Freeman
Freedom of Information Coordinator, NCCAM
National Institutes of Health
Building 31, Room 5A33, MSC 2490
Bethesda, MD 20892-2490
Phone: 301-496-9737
Fax: 301-402-3604
E-mail: freemans@nhlbi.nih.gov

Guide to Submitting a FOIA request

Before submitting a request under FOIA, please ensure that the information you are seeking is information that is or may be held by NCCAM. Furthermore, the information should not already be in the public domain. A search of the NCCAM Web site can assist you in locating information and lists of available publications. You may also contact the NCCAM Clearinghouse to request assistance in finding information about NCCAM activities and research.

Requesters interested in obtaining information on federally funded biomedical research projects should consult the Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects (CRISP) database. This database will enable you to identify whether the grant was an NCCAM grant, and the grant number. The more specific information you provide in your FOIA request, the quicker and easier it is for us to readily process your request.


Steps to Prepare Your Request

If the information you are requesting is not in the public domain, please follow these steps when preparing your FOIA request:


Overview of FOIA

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552, provides individuals with a right to access records in the possession of the Federal Government. The government may withhold information pursuant to the nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the Act.

The Electronic FOIA (E-FOIA) Amendments, which were signed into law in 1996, amended the Act in several ways


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