The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. Like all federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is required to disclose records requested in writing by any person. However, agencies may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the statute. FOIA applies only to federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies.

Under the statute, all federal agencies are required to respond to a FOIA request within 20 business days excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. This period does not begin until the request is actually received by the FOIA office that maintains the records sought.

How to Submit a FOIA Request

FOIA requests can be submitted to the the Women's Bureau by mail, email, or fax. The request as well as the envelope itself should be clearly marked "Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request" with as much information as possible describing the record(s) being sought.

By Email

You can  submit a FOIA request by sending an email to FOIA requests sent to any other DOL email addresses will not be accepted as a properly submitted request.

By Mail

You can mail a FOIA request to:

U.S. Department of Labor
Women's Bureau
FOIA Coordinator
200 Constitution Ave NW
Room S-3305
Washington, DC, 20210

By Fax

You can fax a FOIA request to "Women's Bureau FOIA Staff" at 202-693-6746.

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