FOIAs

Freedom of Information Act Requestsdocuments being signed

The Freedom Information Act (FOIA) generally gives you the right to access Federal Agency records if the records are not protected by exemptions (see Exemptions right).

There is a great deal of information readily available to you without an official FOIA request. One of the links on left side of this page may answer your question.

If you still have questions, try one of these resources:

  • Use the Search box (above).
  • Call our national Customer Service Center: 1-800-344-WILD (1-800-344-9453).
  • Contact our office at (916) 414-6600. Or see our organization chart for direct extensions.

If you decide to send a FOIA request, see our FOIA FAQs page.

The request should go to the Pacific Region Office in Portland. See their address below. (This office covers California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington. For other regions, see our national home page for the url of the regional office.)

Pacific Region Office
Budget and Administration
Eastside Federal Complex
911 NE 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232-4181
Phone: 503-231-2072
Fax: 503-231-6259
Contact: John De Clerck
Email: john_declerck@fws.gov

FOIA Exemptions

Some exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act:

  • Confidential business information
  • Personal information affecting an individual's privacy.
  • Records of financial institutions.
  • Internal personnel rules and practices.
  • Records involving national defense or foreign policy
  • Records compiled for law enforcement purposes