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Sample Freedom of Information Act Appeal Letter

Sample Freedom of Information Act Appeal Letter

(Send within 30 days of denial)

Name of Agency Official Originally Addressed, Title

Name of Agency

Subject: FOIA Appeal


This is to appeal the denial of my request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552.

I received a letter on (date) from (name and title) of your agency, denying my request for access to (description of information). Enclosed are copies of the denial and of my request.

I am confident that upon examining these materials you will conclude that the information I am requesting should be disclosed. (If the reasons for the denial invite any obvious rebuttal, you may rebut them in the appeal letter. It is not necessary to do so, however).

I thank you for your prompt attention to this matter, and I look forward to a response within the statutory 20-day period.



Name of Newspaper Address