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 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) and the agency or agencies involved, if applicable
  • Copies of any letters or other materials exchanged with that agency, including original case number assigned to the FOIA request or appeal. This may include:
    • Your FOIA request
    • The agency’s response to your request
    • Your appeal letter
    • 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:

Fax:   202-741-5769
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 does not:

  • Address matters already in litigation
  • Compel agencies to release documents
  • Enforce FOIA
  • Process or review FOIA requests or appeals
  • Provide legal assistance
  • Provide assistance outside the realm of FOIA
  • Make determinations or dictate resolutions to disputes