Freedom of Information Act

The FOIA, 5 U.S.C. 552, provides individuals with a right to access to records in the possession of the Federal government.

The FOIA, 5 U.S.C. 552, provides individuals with a right to access to 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. If you have questions regarding FOIA requests pending with NEI or questions specific to NEI records, please contact Trevor Peterson, NEI FOIA and Privacy Coordinator, by phone (301-496-4334) or email (neifoia@nei.nih.gov). For more information about the types of information you can request through FOIA, or to submit a FOIA Request with NIH, visit the National Institutes of Health FOIA PageExternal Link: You are leaving nei.nih.gov.

FOIA FOIA

Freedom of Information Act

FOIA
Sec. 552. Public information; agency rules, opinions, orders, records, and proceedings
  • (a) Each agency shall make available to the public information as follows:
  • (1) Each agency shall separately state and currently publish in the Federal Register for the guidance of the public
  • (A) descriptions of its central and field organization and the established places at which, the employees (and in the case of a uniformed service, the members) from whom, and the methods whereby, the public may obtain information, make submittals or requests, or obtain decisions;
  • (B) statements of the general course and method by which its functions are channeled and determined, including the nature and requirements of all formal and informal procedures available;
  • (C) rules of procedure, descriptions of forms available or the places at which forms may be obtained, and instructions as to the scope and contents of all papers, reports, or examinations;
  • (D) substantive rules of general applicability adopted as authorized by law, and statements of general policy or interpretations of general applicability formulated and adopted by the agency; and
  • (E) each amendment, revision, or repeal of the foregoing.
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