Anyone may submit a FOIA request. To submit a request, you should determine which public body is likely to maintain the records you are seeking and submit a request to the FOIA Officer of that public body. There is no central FOIA office in the District government and each public agency responds to FOIA requests for its own records. FOIA does not require agencies to do research, to analyze data, to answer written questions, or to create records to respond to a request.
A FOIA request should be in writing and may be mailed, faxed or emailed. When submitting your request, please mark the outside of the envelope or the subject line of the fax or email: “Freedom of Information Act Request” or “FOIA Request.” Please include a daytime telephone number, email address and mailing address in your request letter so that the FOIA Officer may contact you if necessary. Describe the record(s) you are seeking as clearly as possible. The more specific you are about the records you are seeking, the likelier it is we will be able to locate the records. If your request is vague or too broad, we may ask you to be more specific.
All public bodies are required to respond to an FOIA request within 15 working days (that is, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal public holidays). The response period begins on the date the request is actually received by the FOIA officer. The response time may be extended by an additional 10 working days (again, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal public holidays) for unusual circumstances, as defined by DC Official Code § 2-532(d).