If you wish to file a FOIA appeal to challenge a Department of the Interior bureau or office's handling of, or response to, a FOIA request, the procedures below apply.
Please note that these procedures do not allow you to challenge another entity's/agency's handling of, or response to, a FOIA request. Communications sent to the Department of the Interior's FOIA Appeals Office that purport to appeal the actions (or inaction) of another entity/agency will not be forwarded elsewhere.
*Appeals arriving or delivered after 5 p.m. E.T., Monday through Friday, will be deemed received on the next workday. FOIA requests and appeals delivered via courier to the Main Interior Building will not be accepted after 4:30 p.m. EST due to the Department's security requirements.
If you want to file an appeal, you must submit your appeal and accompanying materials to the FOIA Appeals Officer by mail, courier service, fax, or email. All communications concerning your appeal should be clearly marked with the words: "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION APPEAL." Your appeal must be made in writing. You must include with your appeal copies of all correspondence between you and the bureau/office concerning your FOIA request, including your request and the bureau's/office's response (if there is one). Failure to include with your appeal all correspondence between you and the bureau/office will result in the Department's rejection of your appeal, unless the FOIA Appeals Officer determines (in the FOIA Appeal Officer's sole discretion) that good cause exists to accept the defective appeal.
You also should include, in as much detail as possible, any reason(s) why you believe the bureau's/office's response was in error. If you file an appeal concerning a fee waiver denial or a denial of expedited processing, you should demonstrate fully how the criteria in § 2.45-§ 2.48 of DOI's FOIA regulations are met. You also should state in as much detail as possible why you believe the initial decision was incorrect. Also include your name and daytime telephone number (or the name and telephone number of an appropriate contact), email address and fax number (if available) in case DOI needs additional information or clarification of your appeal.
Department of the Interior
Office of the Solicitor
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20240
Attn: FOIA Appeals Office
Telephone: (202) 208-5339
Fax: (202) 208-6677
For more information about the DOI FOIA Appeals Program, including how DOI will respond to your appeal, please refer to the Department's FOIA regulations (§ 2.57-§ 2.64).
Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
Attn: FOIA/Privacy Act Appeals Office
Telephone: (303) 236-9161
Fax: (202) 219-1944