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FOIA Requester Service Center

1-877-869-1802 TOLL FREE
(213) 894-2840 Los Angeles District Office
(202) 663-4500 Headquarters Office

Contact the Requester Service Center for questions and concerns regarding FOIA and Section 83 requests.

Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. Section 552, is a statute that provides a process by which every person may request access to federal agency records or information. Federal agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them unless those records are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions and three exclusions of the FOIA. The FOIA applies only to federal agencies and the records in their custody. The FOIA does not create an access to records held by Congress, the courts or by state and local governments. Any requests for state or local government records should be directed to the appropriate state or local government agency.

Special Disclosure Rules

The special disclosure rules discussed in § 1610.17(d) of 29 C.F.R.  are contained in Section 83 of the Commission's Compliance Manual. Section 83 is another means for aggrieved parties, charging parties respondents, and their attorneys to access their own charge files after the Commission has completed its proceedings on a charge. Aggrieved and charging parties and their attorneys can request access by submitting a signed written request during the 90-day Notice of Right to Sue period or when a lawsuit is pending. Respondents and their attorneys can request access by submitting a signed written request after an aggrieved charging party has filed suit.

EEOC FOIA Contacts:

FOIA Service Center

(202) 663-4500 (phone)
(202) 663-7026 (TTY)
(202) 663-4679 (fax)
FOIA@EEOC.gov

EEOC FOIA Officers

FOIA Public Liaison

Stephanie D. Garner
Assistant Legal Counsel
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
131 M Street, N.E.
Suite 5NW02E
Washington, D.C. 20507
(202) 663-4634 (phone)
(202) 663-7026 (TTY)
(202) 663-4679 (fax)

Chief FOIA Officer

Peggy Mastroianni
Legal Counsel
(202) 663-4638 (phone)
(202) 663-7026 (TTY)

Agency FOIA Contacts

EEOC FOIA Organizational Chart

Additional FOIA Information

EEOC's FOIA Reference Guide You may find the Reference Guide to be of particular interest because it provides such basic information as:

  • where and how to make a FOIA request
  • the time for response
  • fees and fee waivers
  • responses to initial requests and
  • how and where to file an appeal of a determination made on a FOIA request.

Q & A's

Relevant EEOC Orders

Chief FOIA Officer Reports

EEOC's Reading Room

Annual Reports

Privacy Act Information

The Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. Section 552a, passed by Congress in 1974, establishes certain controls over what personal information is collected by the federal government and how it is used. The act guarantees three primary rights: (1) the right to see records about oneself, subject to the Privacy Act's exemptions; (2) the right to amend that record if it is inaccurate, irrelevant, untimely or incomplete; and (3) the right to sue the government for violations of the statute, including permitting others to see your records, unless specifically permitted by the act.