Department of Interior
About the agency
The Department of Interior is the federal executive department government responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land and natural resources, and the administration of programs relating to Native American, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, territorial affairs, and insular areas of the United States.
Per the Annual 2015 DOI FOIA Report, when DOI withholds records requested under the FOIA, it most frequently does so under Exemption 5 (which safeguards inter-agency or intra-agency records which would normally be privileged in the civil discovery context), Exemption 6 (which safeguards personal privacy interests), and Exemption 7(C) (which safeguards personal information in law enforcement records). However, DOI’s diverse mission and records ensures a wide variety of FOIA exemptions may sometimes be appropriately used.
Requester suggestions, tips and guidance
- FOIA requests can be submitted via email or standard mail. Addresses for specific contacts, depending on the content of the request, are located here. The Department of the Interior also accepts FOIA requests from its online portal.
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