FOIA Appeals

Any adverse determination, including the failure to find material responsive to the request or the denial of access to material, may be administratively appealed.

If, on appeal, the adverse determination is upheld in whole or in part, the requester has the right to seek judicial review of OIG's decision. For FOIA requests, OIG has thirty working days from the date the letter of appeal is received to respond to an appeal of a decision of a refusal to reduce or waive fees.

Denial of Access

The appeal letter should state why the requester disagrees with the determination and provide any additional supporting information. This might include examples of material previously released by the State Department or OIG. Appeals of denial of access must be made in writing and sent to

Chairman, Appeals Review Panel
c/o Information and Privacy Coordinator/Appeals Officer
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC 20522-8100.

Fee Waiver / Expeditious Handling

The appeal letter should contain as much information and documentation as possible to support the request for a waiver or reduction of fees. OIG's decision to refuse to waive or reduce fees, or grant expedition, may also be appealed by writing to

Chief of the Requester Liaison Division
c/o Information and Privacy Coordinator
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC 20522-8100.


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