Freedom of Information Act
Mountain-Prairie Region

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After determining that the information you are looking for is not readily available either on the FWS Home Page or through a direct

inquiry (See Preliminary Steps), you may choose to file a FOIA request to get the information that you seek.

Draft Your FOIA Request

important sign brownIn drafting your FOIA request, make sure you:


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Clearly state what information you are seeking, including any relevant names, locations, and dates. Be as specific and as concise as possible. Indicate the costs (for search, document duplication, and postage) that you are willing to pay without prior notification by the Service. (NOTE: Although many requests do not cost anything, failure to indicate an amount you will pay without notification can result in delays in processing your request.) Requests for fee waivers must include how the requester meets the criteria for a fee waiver (43 CFR 2.19). Indicate if you are willing to modify your request in order to get a quicker response.    


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Indicate whether or not the Service should consider your FOIA request to be an expedited request. Requests can be expedited due to an imminent threat to life, or physical safety of an individual, or to the public welfare, or if the matter

pertains to due process rights.

    gold bullet    Include your name, address and phone number, and the date.


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Send the attachment without a file extension and indicate the attachment type so that we can rename the attachment   

accordingly upon receipt. Alternatively, you may use free compression software to "zip" the file into one that does not use one of the above extensions.

important sign brown Effective January 15, 2004, to help protect against virus and worm attacks, the following attachment types will be stripped from inbound messages that originate from outside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

Attachment Type Extension
Batch files .BAT
Windows NT command script .CMD

MS-DOS application .COM
Executable program file .EXE
Shortcut to MS-DOS program .PIF
Screen saver .SCR
Visual Basic script file .VBS



The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has seen a significant increase in virus and worm attacks in recent months. Most viruses and worms are distributed in the form of an e-mail attachment. While e-mail attachments are often important and legitimate means of conducting business, they also have the potential to cause great harm to our e-mail infrastructure, as well as to individual workstations.

Request May Be Scanned

Please be advised that any electronic FOIA request you submit and/or your paper FOIA request may be scanned for ease of transfer to the 'office(s) of record' and in order to store in the Department of Interior's (Department) mandatory Electronic FOIA Tracking System. What this means: is that we may share any personal information you provide in your request (including electronic address, bank account, charge card or social security number) with others within the Department involved in processing FOIA requests. Though we will make every effort to protect your privacy, we urge you NOT to include any personal information in your request - if it is not needed for processing. The Department's FOIA request tracking systems are authorized and included under "DOI-71, Freedom of Information Request File System."


Fee Category

In accordance with the Departments regulations, 43 CFR 2 ยง 2.15-2.20 and Appendix C, we ask that you specify your fee category. This will assist us with the determination of the appropriate fee charges. If you are willing to pay fees, please provide an estimated amount. The Department has four (4) fee categories:

          commercial use
          educational or noncommercial scientific institution
          news media

For further explination on fees, please go to FOIA Fees.


FOIA Home Page

Region 6


Last updated: December 8, 2008