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VETS Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

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 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 legal holidays. This period does not begin until the request is actually received by the FOIA office that maintains the records sought.

Please use the link(s) below to learn how to make a FOIA Request. We encourage the public to explore VETS’ and DOL’s Web sites or use our search option to see if the information you seek is already available to the public via the Web.

How to Submit a FOIA Request

FOIA requests can be submitted to the VETS' appropriate national or regional office 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 E-mail

You may submit a FOIA request by sending an e-mail to FOIA requests sent to any other DOL e-mail addresses will not be accepted as a properly submitted request.

By Mail

You may mail a FOIA request to VETS national office or a regional office. If you cannot determine the proper agency to which your FOIA request should be addressed, you may mail a direct request (with as much information as possible describing the records sought) to the:

Office of the Solicitor
Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services
200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Room N-2420
Washington, D.C. 20210

By Fax

You may fax a FOIA request to "VETS FOIA Staff" at (202) 693-4755 or "Solicitor FOIA Staff" at (202) 693-5389.

VETS Service Center Contacts - FOIA requesters seeking information concerning their submitted FOIA request; or to obtain general information on our agency’s FOIA practices and resources may contact the VETS' national service center contact or their regional service center contact.

DOL FOIA Service Center Contacts - Within the Labor Department, each agency processes its own FOIA requests. Therefore, a request will receive the fastest possible response if it is addressed directly to the agency the requester believes has the records.

Once your FOIA request has been assigned a FOIA tracking number, you can also find out the status of your submitted FOIA requests using DOL's FOIA tracking system.


FOIA Information

FOIA Guidance



DOL FOIA Contacts

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Last updated: December 11, 2018