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The Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552) provides a means by which the public may access federal agency records, subject to nine exemptions and three law enforcement exclusions.
You may submit a FOIA request directly to the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for federal records that EDA maintains, as described below. If you seek records from more than one Department of Commerce bureau, or if you are unsure as to which Commerce bureau maintains the records that you seek, you may submit a FOIA request directly to the Department of Commerce FOIA officer.
The Department of Commerce FOIA homepage provides additional information regarding FOIA requests. You may also wish to review Your Right to Federal Records, a joint publication of the Department of Justice and the General Services Administration concerning both the FOIA and the Privacy Act.
For your information, Department of Commerce regulations implementing FOIA are located at 15 C.F.R. Part 4.
FOIA requests must contain the following:
Mark the envelope "Freedom of Information Request" and mail to the following address:
Requests may also be faxed to the attention of EDA's FOIA and Privacy Act Officer at (202) 482-5671.
The following records can be accessed in the Department of Commerce Electronic Reading Room: