Please include the following information in writing (fax, email or mailed letter):

  1. When you make your request be as specific as possible.
    1. Include as many relevant names, dates, places, events, subjects, etc.; and
    2. Do you want records associated with a particular proceeding? Provide the docket number.
  2. Include a statement of your willingness to pay a reasonable fee (the cost of duplication of records not immediately available through Public Reference Services will depend on the number of documents requested, the time necessary to locate the documents requested, and the category of the persons requesting the records), or
    1. The maximum fee you are willing to pay; or
    2. A request for a waiver or reduction of fees.
  3. Your request must identify your interests. Are you requesting information for commercial interests, press/educational interests, or other interests?
  4. Clearly mark your request (email, fax or letter) and your (subject line, cover letter or envelope, respectively) with the statement "Freedom of Information Act Request."
  5. Email your request directly to FOIA's Public Liaison at Even if you want information from a regional office, do not send it to their address.

Service Center
The Commission's FOIA Service Center is the first place a FOIA requester may come to seek information concerning the status of their FOIA request and appropriate information about the agency's FOIA response. Service Center number: 202-502-6088.

FOIA Public Liaison
A requester can raise concerns about the service the FOIA requester has received from the Center and/or the FOIA response from the Commission by contacting: or phone: 202-502-8004, 202-502-6025.

Chief FOIA Officer
In further compliance with Executive Order 13,292 issued December 14, 2005, the Commission has designated Benjamin Williams, Acting Director of the Office of External Affairs, as Chief FOIA Officer.

Contact Information

This page was last updated on November 22, 2023