Laws & Guidance GENERAL
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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  1. Where do I send my requests/letters?
  2. Who is the contact person for FOIA matters?
  3. How quickly do you respond to requests?
  4. Who handles requests for fee waivers?
  5. Do you notify the customer if the cost is greater than $25?
  6. What is the minimum ED will charge?
  7. Do you request the money in advance?
  8. If a customer has a history of non-payment, will you continue to process requests for that customer?
  9. Who collects the money for FOIA?
  10. Who has the authority in ED to withhold documents (in part/whole)?
  11. Which office in ED handles appeals under FOIA?

1. Where do I send my requests/letters?

Send requests via email to: EDFOIAManager@ed.gov
Send requests via fax to: (202) 401-0920
Send requests via mail to:

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Management
Privacy, Information, and Records Management Services
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, LBJ 2W220
Washington, DC 20202-4536
ATTN: FOIA Public Liaison

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2. Who is the contact person for FOIA matters?

FOIA Public Liaisons
(202) 401-8365
Gregory Smith (Director)
Maria-Teresa Cueva
Linda Darby
Bennie Jessup
Elise Cook
Christie Swafford
Robert Wehausen
Melvin Rogers

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3. How quickly do you respond to requests?

In 20 working days. However, the release of records may take longer.

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4. Who handles requests for fee waivers?

ED's FOIA Officers have sole authority to grant or deny a fee waiver.

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5. Do you notify the customer if the cost is greater than $25?

Yes, unless the customer indicated in their request the amount he or she was willing to pay.

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6. What is the minimum ED will charge?

ED is directed not to request a check for less than $5. Learn more about FOIA fee regulations.

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7. Do you request the money in advance?

If the charges exceed $250, ED will request payment in advance.

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8. If a customer has a history of non-payment, will you continue to process requests for that customer?

No, if there is a history of non-payment of assessed fees, ED does not continue to provide information to the customer until payment is made.

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9. Who collects the money for FOIA?

All checks should be made payable to the U.S. Department of Education and directed to the FOIA Office at:

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Management
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, LBJ-2W220
ATTN: FOIA Office
Washington, DC 20202-4536
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10. Who has the authority in ED to withhold documents (in part/whole)?

The FOIA Officers, the Office of Inspector General and the Regional FOIA Denial Officers have the authority to withhold documents.

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11. Which office in ED handles appeals under FOIA?

All appeals must be directed to:

U.S. Department of Education
Office of Management
400 Maryland Avenue, SW, LBJ 2W220
Washington, DC 20202-4500
ATTN: Appeals Office

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