May 29, 2022

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Launches eFOIA App; Submit FOIA Requests, Check Status, View DHS FOIA Library

From a DHS Blog Post by Karen Neuman, DHS Chief Privacy Officer:

Using their mobile devices, [FOIA] requesters can now submit requests and check the status of existing requests anyplace, anytime.

Key features of the new eFOIA app will allow users to:

  • Submit a FOIA request to any DHS Component
  • Check the status of FOIA requests
  • Access all of the content on the FOIA website, including the FOIA Library
  • Receive updates, changes to events–such as stakeholder meetings/conference calls held by the Department, and recently published documents

DHS receives the largest number of FOIA requests of any federal agency, and produces the largest number of responses.


Since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2015, DHS has reduced its FOIA backlog by 20 percent, from 103,480 to 82,324 as of July 1, 2015.

The new app is available for Android (via Google Play) and for iOS (via iTunes App Store).

Note: The info/download pages for both versions of the app include details about the information DHS collects and how it’s used/shared. Make sure to review.

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