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What is FOIA?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was signed into law on July 4, 1966, by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This law grants public access to federal agency records, unless those records are exempt from public release by one of the nine FOIA exemptions within FOIA that allow certain records to be withheld from public inspection.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Please visit the Department of Justice website to gain an in depth understanding of FOIA and FOIA processes.


General Lifecycle of a CDC/ATSDR FOIA Request

Five steps of the CDC FOIA Process: 1) Once request is received, you will be sent an acknowledgement later within 48 hours. 2) You may be asked to clarify or narrow the scope or discuss fees at any point in the lifecycle. 3) CD Program offices search for responsive records and send to the FOIA office. 4) FOIA Office reviews and makes release determinations. 5) Request Closed and records sent to requester.

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