Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)

Request OGIS Assistance

Submitting a request for OGIS assistance is simple:

1. Gather the required documents and information       
2. Send us your consent, documents and information

Documents and Information

There are no special forms needed for making a request to OGIS. However you need to provide the following:

  • Your contact information (name, mailing address or e-mail address, daytime telephone number)
  • A clear description of the issue or the assistance you seek from OGIS (for example, a delay in receiving a response to your FOIA request or a denial of specific information)
  • The name of the agency or agencies to which you submitted your request(s) 
  • The tracking/request/case number(s) assigned to your FOIA request(s) and/or appeal(s)
  • Copies of all relevant correspondence between you and the Federal agency. Depending on where you are in the FOIA process, this material might include:
    • Your FOIA request;
    • The agency’s response to your request (including a response to a request for expedited processing or a fee waiver);
    • Your administrative appeal letter; and
    • The agency’s response to your appeal.
  • Privacy consent statement with signature and date; if your request is with one of these agencies, you do not need to submit the privacy consent language

Send your documents and information by:

Email:   ogis@nara.gov
  or  
Fax:   202-741-5769
  or  
Mail:   Office of Government Information Services (OGIS)
National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001

If you have any questions about what you need to send, feel free to call us at 202-741-5770.

If we do not immediately answer your call, please leave us a voicemail message clearly stating you name, contact information, and the reason for your call. We will return your call as quickly as possible. Due to an increase in demand for our mediation services, there may be a delay in our responses to phone calls and emails. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please note that OGIS cannot:

  • Address requests that are already in litigation
  • Compel agencies to release documents
  • Review or process or FOIA requests or appeals
  • Provide legal assistance
  • Provide assistance outside the realm of FOIA, including state or local FOI matters, or underlying disputes with agencies (for example, administrative proceedings)

To download a printer-friendly explantion of how to request OGIS assistance with a FOIA dispute, please click here

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