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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Originally enacted in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was amended in 1974, 1976, 1986, and 1996.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 FOIA Requester 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: July 28, 2014