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​FOIA Resources
More information about your right to federal records can be found in the following laws, regulations, guidance documents, and web sites:
  • - This is the federal government of the United States official FOIA website. This site can help you determine if information if already publicly available, identify the correct agency, and submit a request.
  • Department of Energy FOIA - This page aids in finding answers to programs of the Department of Energy (such as BPA) and to obtain information that is publicly available without submitting a FOIA request.
  • Department of Energy Office of Hearings and Appeals - This page provides information on how a FOIA requester can file an appeal when a Department of Energy office denies a request in whole or in part.
  • Department of Energy Annual FOIA Report for 2017 - This report provides detailed information on all FOIA requests submitted to the Department of Energy between October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552.
  • Federal Register - Department of Energy - This page publishes proposed and final administrative regulations of the 14 Department of Energy programs (which includes BPA).
  • The Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 - This is the statute that establishes right of access by any person or organization to federal government information.
  • The Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552a - This is the statute that requires agencies give the public notice of their systems of records (those systems that collect and maintain information about individuals) and provide individuals access to their records.
  • The Department of Justice FOIA Guide - This is a comprehensive legal treatise on the FOIA. The guide includes discussions of the FOIA's procedural requirements, nine exemptions, and litigation considerations.
  • Open Government Initiative - This page provides detailed information on President Obama's executive order to make government information more readily available and useful, thereby making a more efficient and transparent government.