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Welcome to the USDA FOIA Service Center!

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.

  1. In writing to one of our agencies and/or missions offices found in the link named “USDA FOIA Points of Contact” or
  2. 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. 

  3. 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:

  1. 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. 
  2. Directly to each respective agency.  Please describe the agency records requested as clearly as possible.

We hope you find your visit informative and helpful.