Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted based upon
the fundamental principle that an informed citizenry is essential to the
democratic process. It is an integral part of openness in government,
and is a vital mechanism in the prevention of "secret law."
The concept of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is that any
person has a right of access to federal agency records, and that federal
agency records must be made available to the public unless they are
specifically exempt from public release.
Originally enacted in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was
amended in 1974, 1976, 1986, and 1996. The 1996 amendment is referred to
as the Electronic Freedom of Information Act, or "E-FOIA," Amendment,
and requires federal agencies to make records available both
electronically and through Public Reading Rooms.
To assist in obtaining publicly available information, we suggest you first
conduct a search on the on the U.S Department
of Energy Home Page for specific topic or information you are seeking by
using the SEARCH function. From the search results if you can determine which
DOE Program Office or Field Office might have the needed information then
proceed to that location’s Public Reading Facilities using the
Service Centers, Public Liaisons, and DOE FOIA Websites. FOIA requests for
records and documents maintained by the Nevada Field Office (NFO) should be directed to the
National Nuclear Security
Administration/Service Center (NNSA/SC). This list provides
FOIA Web Page addresses for each location from which Public Reading Facility and
DOE FOIA Public Liaison contact information can be obtained.
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Date Last Modified:
January 28, 2015