Welcome to the United States Department of Agriculture Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) web-site. USDA is pleased to offer you two ways to submit a FOIA request.
- In writing to one of our agencies and/or missions offices found in the link named “USDA FOIA Points of Contact” or
- Online using our FOIA Public Access Link (PAL). PAL is a web portal that allows you create, submit, and check the status of your FOIA. In order to use PAL you must first register and create a user name and password. Please use the “PAL” link above to be redirected to the USDA FOIA PAL site.
Note: PAL will be unavailable from 9:00 p.m. EDT Friday, September 4 through 6:00 p.m. EDT Sunday, September 6 due to scheduled maintenance.
Currently, PAL does not allow you to submit a single FOIA to multiple agencies; however, we offer you two ways to submit a FOIA to multiple agencies. You may submit your FOIA via PAL:
- To the Department FOIA Officer, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 408-W, Whitten Building Washington, DC 20250-0706. Your request will be referred to the appropriate agency(ies) and/or mission offices. Please include the names of the agencies and/or mission offices, and identify the sections of the request that apply to each agency and/or mission office.
- Directly to each respective agency. Please describe the agency records requested as clearly as possible.
We hope you find your visit informative and helpful.