If you are submitting your appeal through standard mail, both the letter and envelope should be clearly marked “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.” Please cite your FOIPA request number so that it may be easily identified.
Note: Please do not send your appeal request directly to the FBI.
Alternatively, you may contact the FBI’s FOIPA public liaison by e-mailing [email protected]
If you submit your dispute resolution correspondence by e-mail, the subject heading should clearly state “Dispute Resolution Services.” Please also cite your FOIPA request number so that it may be easily identified.
A majority of these documents are indexed in our Central Records System (CRS)—an electronic index that allows Bureau personnel to query requested information.
While the CRS contains most of the FBI's records, some of our earliest records were not indexed, and some records have been transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration.
The FBI—along with every other government agency—creates and obtains records as it carries out its day to day operations.
If you are not satisfied with the results of your request, you may file an appeal by writing to the Director of the Office of Information Policy (OIP/DOJ) at the following address: Director, Office of Information Policy (OIP)U. Department of Justice1425 New York Avenue NW, Suite 11050Washington, D. 20530-0001In lieu of mailing your appeal, you may submit an appeal electronically after creating an account on OIP’s FOIA online portal.
The PRO coordinates the prepublication-review process—preparing the FBI’s response to each request for prepublication, reviewing the submitted work upon receipt, and screening it to determine whether further review is required and by whom.
The PRO will notify the author if any portions of a work may not be disclosed or published.
Appeal requests sent directly to the FBI will not be reviewed.
Prior to submitting an appeal to OIP, you have the option to seek dispute resolution services by contacting the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at (877) 684-6448, or by e-mailing [email protected]