The Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a Federal statute which allows individuals to request access to Federal agency records which are not protected from disclosure. The FOIA was enacted in 1966 and can be found in Title 5 of the United States Code, Section 552. The FOIA was amended by the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 (E-FOIA). Among other things, E-FOIA grants the public access to certain government documents via computer telecommunications. The FOIA does not, however, provide a right of access to records held by state or local government agencies or private businesses or individuals. In furtherance of Executive Order #13392, "Improving Agency Disclosure of Information", Philip R. Hertz, Deputy General Counsel, has been appointed Chief FOIA Officer for PBGC. For information regarding FOIA requests related to OIG records, click here
Learn more at FOIA.gov.