Government Shutdown FOIA


The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) offices in the bureaus/offices of the Department of the Interior are continuing to process FOIA requests to the best of their ability during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To keep employees healthy and safe, the Department is maximizing telework flexibility and employing social distancing protocols.  As a result of these precautions, most employees are working remotely and unable to collect hard copy records located in government facilities at this time.  If your request is for hard copy records, the response to your request will very likely be delayed.    

In addition, employees may not receive FOIA requests that are sent by U.S. mail, overnight mail services, or facsimile in a timely manner.  We recommend, therefore, that requesters submit requests through FOIAonline, a secure, web-based tracking and case-management system, at https://www.foiaonline.govunless the requests are for the Office of Inspector General's records.  

You may file requests with the Office of Inspector General at or through the government-wide portal at


Records Relating to the October 2013 Government Shutdown

This page will be updated as additional records are processed


Other records available (contingency plans, employee guidance)

Camino Americano Rally

Closure of Private Operations (businesses, concessions, etc)

Offers to Pay to Reopen Parks

Costs of Park Operations

Visitor Related Communications

Congressional Communications

National Park Service Website Operations

National Park Service Employee Shutdown Instructions

Shutdown of Specific Parks

Clinton Administration Shutdown Policies

White House Coordination


NOTE: If you need an accessible version of these records immediately, please contact William Holzerland, OS FOIA Officer, at 202-513-0765 or e-mail us.

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