FAQs about FOIA and the Privacy Act
Who can file a FOIA or Privacy Act request?
Anyone can file a FOIA request. Any citizen or lawfully-admitted alien can file a Privacy Act request.
How long does it take to get a response under FOIA?
Once an agency receives a FOIA request, the agency has 20 working days to make a decision on the request.
How can you file a FOIA or Privacy Act request with the EPA OIG?
EPA uses a centralized intake process for FOIA and Privacy Act requests. To ensure your request is properly directed to the Office of Inspector General, it is suggested that you specify that your request is seeking EPA OIG records.
FOIAXpress allows you to electronically submit FOIA requests, modify requests, communicate with the EPA OIG about the status of a request, search previously submitted requests, view responsive documents that are cleared for release, access a dashboard with information about the status of a request, and file an appeal.
Access FOIAXpress at: https://foiapublicaccessportal.epa.gov/
When submitting a request via the FOIAXpress portal, select “Office of Inspector General” as the Action Office to ensure your request is properly directed to the OIG.
U.S. Postal Mail
FOIA and Privacy Act requests for EPA OIG records can be mailed to:
National FOIA Office
Attn: Office of Inspector General
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (2310A)
Washington, DC 20460
Overnight delivery service should be directed to Room 7309C at the above address.
FOIA requests can be submitted through the Federal Government’s central FOIA website at https://foia.gov.
Reading Room - Guide to Reference Materials
FOIA requires that agencies have a "reading room" to inspect publicly available documents. The OIG reports webpage on this site is available to serve this purpose. FOIAXpress provides search functionality for EPA OIG FOIA responsive documents that do not contain first-party protected information. The EPA OIG FOIA reading room can be accessed at
OIG’s FOIA Officer