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The Freedom of Information Act, FOIA [5 USC 552(a)(2)(D)], requires that certain documents of interest to the general public be published electronically. The CDC is making these documents available to the general public in electronic form.

All records are stored as a repository, in the FOIA Reading Room, in the appropriate format, where paper copies of all documents are available for inspection and copying.

The FOIA Reading Room is updated on a timely basis, based on the frequency of the request received by the agency.

Final opinions and orders made in adjudicating cases;

  • Final statements of policy and interpretations which have not been published in the Federal Register;
  • Administrative staff manuals and instructions to staff that affect a member of the public;
  • Copies of records that have been the subject of a FOIA request that are of sufficient public interest or curiosity that the agency believes other persons are likely to request them; and
  • Agency’s annual FOIA report, which includes such information as the number of requests received by the agency, the amount of time taken to process requests, the total amount of fees collected by the agency, information regarding the backlog of pending requests, and other information about the agency’s handling of FOIA requests. Beside these categories, other documents may also be available in the FOIA Reading Room. You can view or download any document(s) in the FOIA Reading Room.

Note:     Please read the search tips before searching for documents by clicking the Search Tips button on the FOIA Reading Room screen.

To search and view documents in the FOIA Reading Room:

Click on the Reading Room link on the left side panel.

  • Select the Document Type under which the document is listed.
  • Enter the Document Name, Published Date, search text and/or custom field information for the document then click Search. Click the Clear button to remove any previously entered values.
  • All documents are displayed by the document name, published date and the number of pages contained. Click on the document name to view the document information.
  • You can also choose to download the document, which is in a zipped format, to your local/network drive and unzip it to view.
  • If the document is in a PDF format then you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader version 8.0 or higher to be able to view/read the document.
  • Click the Back button to return to the Reading Room screen.

Section 508: The materials on these pages are provided as distributed to the requestors, and therefore some materials may not fully conform to applicable standards for use by persons with disabilities per Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Members of the public may request an accessible copy by filling out the form on our Accessibility contact page. PLEASE NOTE: The accessible copy may be altered to meet disclosure requirements but will contain the same information presented here.

Search for Documents in Reading Room
Area of InterestDescription
COVID-19 Records Responses To Coronavirus FOIA Requests
Public InformationListings of annual reports, regulations and other reference materials.
Autism Spectrum DisorderCovers autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges.
Contracts/Grants/Cooperative AgreementsRequests related to the letting and granting of contracts, grants or other cooperative agreements at CDC.
Foodborne Infectious DiseaseRequests related to events of microbes or toxins that enter the body through the gastrointestinal tract.
Infectious DiseaseRequests related to disorders caused by organisms such as parasites, viruses, bacteria or fungi. This would include diseases such as Ebola, Lyme disease or Measles.
Occupational HealthRequests related to workplace hazards, exposures, diseases or injuries.
Quarantine and InspectionsRequests related to the Vessel Sanitation Program as well quarantines as requests related to the importation of animals or quarantines related to infectious diseases.
Toxic SubstancesRequests related to public health events such as blood lead levels, contaminated soils or the World Trade Center Syndrome.


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