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The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. Like all federal agencies, the Department of Labor (DOL) is required to disclose records requested in writing by any person. However, agencies may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the statute. FOIA applies only to federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies.

In an effort to assist the public, below are "quick links" to specific FOIA-related information. Please use the link below if you are unsure of how to make a FOIA request. We encourage the public to explore MSHA and DOL Web sites or use our search engine to see if the information you seek is already available to the public via the Web. The MSHA website has specific topic subheadings found on the left-hand and right-hand sides of the front page to the site that contains useful public information.

MSHA FOIA Information

  • How to Make a FOIA Request
  • Current Year Electronic FOIAs
  • FOIA Archive
  • Administrative Staff Manuals and instructions to staff that affect a member of the public.
  • MSHA Handbooks
  • Program Information Bulletins
  • Procedure Instruction Letters
  • Opinions and Orders made in the adjudication of cases
  • Petitions for Modification
  • Statements of Policy and Interpretations adopted by the agency and not published in the Federal Register
  • Program Policy Manual
  • Program Policy Letters
  • Frequently Requested Materials

    The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires federal agencies to make records available on the Internet when: (1) the records have been disclosed in response to a FOIA request; and (2) the agency determines that the records have become or are likely to become the subject of subsequent request.

    Office of Accountability Audits
  • Office of Accountability Audits Home Page
  • Other FOIA Resources
  • DOL FOIA Page
  • Annual FOIA Reports
  • DOL FOIA Regulations (Effective June 29, 2006)
  • DOL Guide for Requesting FOIA Records
  • Freedom of Information Act
  • Executive Order 13392
  • The Department of Justice's FOIA page is considered one of the best sources for general U.S. Government FOIA information. This site includes general information, information on making a FOIA request (Government Wide), and much more. You may access this site at FOIA, 5 U.S.C., Section 552 as Amended by P.L. No. 110-175, 121 Stat. 2524, and Public Law No. 111-83, Section 564, 123 Stat. 2142, 2184

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