May 20, 2022

United States Dept. of Justice Launches New Redesign of and First Iteration of National FOIA Portal

UPDATED March 12 : Fiscal Year 2017 FOIA Data Available Now on

The Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy is pleased to announce that all 116 agencies subject to the FOIA have finalized their Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Annual FOIA Reports and these reports are now available on

OIP is currently in the process of compiling its Summary of Agency Annual FOIA Reports for FY 2017, however, from the data uploaded onto we can already see that demand for FOIA continued to increase in FY 2017 with a record high 818,271 incoming requests.


Today the Department of Justice launched its new redesign of and the first iteration of the National FOIA Portal, a government-wide FOIA request portal that allows the public to submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to any agency from a single place.

The FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 directed the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Justice to build a “consolidated online request portal that allows a member of the public to submit a request for records . . . to any agency from a single website.”



The new National FOIA portal provides customized forms for each agency to help requesters understand and submit requests more easily.  The site will also provide insight into the FOIA process including what to do before submitting a FOIA request, how to submit a request, and what happens after submitting a request.

The site also centralizes and provides a wealth of agency specific resources that are helpful to requesters, such as a description of each agency and links to their FOIA website, FOIA Reference Guide, FOIA regulations, and the FOIA Library.

Read the Complete Launch Announcement

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