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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)


The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) offices in the bureaus/offices of the Department of the Interior are continuing to process FOIA requests to the best of their ability during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

To keep employees healthy and safe, the Department is maximizing telework flexibility and employing social distancing protocols.  As a result of these precautions, most employees are working remotely and unable to collect hard copy records located in government facilities at this time.  If your request is for hard copy records, the response to your request will very likely be delayed.    

In addition, employees may not receive FOIA requests that are sent by U.S. mail, overnight mail services, or facsimile in a timely manner.  We recommend, therefore, that requesters submit requests through the government-wide portal at https://www.foia.gov.

DOI FOIA Regulations (effective as of December 16, 2019) require using one of the written forms of submission listed on the Department’s FOIA website, or utilizing physical or facsimile addresses of an appropriate FOIA contact. BOEM FOIA contact information is located below.

Bureau FOIA Officer
Ashley Rychak 
45600 Woodland Road
Sterling, Virginia 20166
(703) 787-1204
Fax: (703) 787-1209

Department of the Interior
FOIA Public Liaison

(888) 603-7119

FOIA Requester
Service Center

(703) 787-1128







Alaska FOIA - BOEM
3801 Centerpoint Dr
Suite 500
Anchorage AK  99503-5820
(703) 787-1128
Alaska FOIA

1201 Elmwood Park Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70123-2394
(504) 736-5787
Gulf of Mexico FOIA

Pacific FOIA - BOEM
760 Paseo Camarillo,
Suite 102
Camarillo, CA 93010-6000
(703) 787-1128
Pacific FOIA







This includes frequently requested records, opinions, policy statements, and staff manuals/instructions to staff

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 request clearly describing the records you are seeking utilizing a method outlined in “Where Do I Send My Request?“ below.
  • 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.

Where Do I Send My Request?

Requests can be submitted electronically through FOIAonline at https://www.foiaonline.gov.

BOEM FOIA Contacts

  • BOEM FOIA Officer
    45600 Woodland Road,
    Sterling, Virginia 20166
    Fax: (703) 787-1209
  • FOIA Requester Service Center
    (703) 787-1128
  • Department of the Interior FOIA Public Liaison
    (888) 603-7119

Other FOIA Contacts of the Former MMS


FOIA Officer
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
45600 Woodland Road
Sterling, Virginia 20166

Telephone: (703) 787-1404 
Fax: (703) 787-1207
E-mail: BSEEFOIA@bsee.gov  
Website: https://www.bsee.gov/newsroom/library/foia


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