Requesting Access to BOEM FOIA Records

The 1967 Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552) gives you the right to request access to Bureau of Ocean Energy records. The Department of the Interior regulations implementing this law are located at 43 CFR Part 2.

It is the policy of BOEM to make its records available to the public to the greatest extent possible; therefore, BOEM makes many of its records publicly available and a FOIA request may not be necessary. Take a minute to search BOEM's website to see if the information you want is already available. You may want to check the FOIA Library to see if a document is already there. 

 

If you have any questions about the need for a FOIA request, call one of the FOIA contacts listed below.

How Do I Make a FOIA Request?

  • Send a written or email request clearly describing the records you are seeking.
  • Reasonably describe the records you are requesting.
  • State the category of your request for fee purposes (i.e. Commercial, Media, Educational, or Other). See Categories of Requesters, below, for more information.
  • Authorize fees up to the maximum amount you are willing to pay.
  • If requesting a fee waiver, indicate how you qualify (see 43 CFR §§ 2.45(a) and 2.48).
  • Specify the format in which you want your response (hard copy, diskette, magnetic tape, etc.).
  • Provide an address and telephone number where we can reach you should we need additional information.

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Where Do I Send My Request?

If you know where the records you want are located, you may send your FOIA request directly to that organization. If you do not know where the records you want are located, send your request to the FOIA Officer.

BOEM FOIA Contacts

Headquarters
FOIA Officer
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
45600 Woodland Road,
Sterling, Virginia 20166

Telephone: (703) 787-1640

Fax: (703) 787-1209


Email: BOEMFOIA@boem.gov  
HQ in Sterling, VA
  • FOIA Requester Service Center


    (703) 787-1084
     
  •  FOIA Public Liaison


    Natasha Alcantara
    (703) 787-1818

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 Regional FOIA Coordinator
 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
 Mail Stop: GM 314A
 1201 Elmwood Park Boulevard
 New Orleans, LA 70123-2394

 Telephone: (504) 736-2909
 Fax: (504) 736-2977

 FOIAOfficeGulfofMexico
 OCSRegion@boem.gov

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 Regional FOIA Coordinator
 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
 Mail Stop: 8001
 3801 Centerpoint Dr Ste 500
 Anchorage, AK 99503-5820

 Telephone: (907) 334-5289
 Fax: (907) 334-5202

 boemalaskafoia@boem.gov

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 Regional FOIA Coordinator
 Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
 Mail Stop: CM 215
 760 Paseo Camarillo, Suite 102
 Camarillo, CA 93010-6064

 Telephone: (805) 384-6316
 Fax: (805) 388-1049

 BOEMFOIA@boem.gov   

 Other FOIA Contacts of the Former MMS  



BSEE

FOIA Officer
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
MS-VAE-BSEE FOIA
45600 Woodland Road
Sterling, Virginia 20166

Telephone: 703-787-1404 
Fax: 703-787-1207
E-mail: BSEEFOIA@bsee.gov  
Website: http://www.bsee.gov/About-BSEE/FOIA/FOIA.aspx

ONRR

FOIA Officer
MS-7328, MIB  
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC  20240 
 
Telephone: 202-513-0765 
Fax: 202-219-2374 
Website: https://www.doi.gov/foia/os


 

Categories of Requesters

  • Commercial Use
    • If you are in this category, you are charged for document search, review, and duplication.
  • Educational and Noncommercial Scientific Institution
    • If you are in this category, you are charged for the cost of duplication alone. Requesters receive the first 100 pages of paper copies free. There is no charge for search or review.
  • News Media
    • If you are in this category, you are charged for the cost of duplication alone. Requesters receive the first 100 pages of paper copies free. There is no charge for search or review.
  • All Others
    • If you are in this category, you are charged for search and duplication, except that the first 2 hours of search time and the first 100 pages of paper copies are free. There is no charge for review.

FOIA Exemptions

Some documents are protected by the following exemptions:

  • Exemption 1 - Matters of National Defense or Foreign Policy
  • Exemption 2 - Internal Personnel Rules and Practices
  • Exemption 3 - Information Exempted by Other Statutes
  • Exemption 4 - Trade Secrets, Commercial or Financial Information (Confidential Business Information)
  • Exemption 5 - Privileged Interagency or Intra-agency Memoranda or Letters
  • Exemption 6 - Personal Information Affecting an Individual's Privacy
  • Exemption 7 - Records Compiled for Law Enforcement Purposes
  • Exemption 8 - Records of Financial Institutions
  • Exemption 9 - Geological and Geophysical Information Concerning Wells