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FERC & FOIA: What You Should Know
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After you have exhausted FERC’s public resources and you need to access nonpublic or privileged documents or documents not located in the Public Reference Room, please submit a FOIA request in writing. Visit our Help Section to learn How-to file a FOIA Request.

Title 18 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 388 External Links is the Commission's FOIA policy. Read Commission Order No. 597 TIF for additional information concerning the Commission’s response to The Electronic Freedom of Information Act (EFIA) Amendments of 1996.

The Code describes the rules governing:

  1. Public notice of proceedings;
  2. Publication of decisions;
  3. Requests for informal advice from Commission staff;
  4. Procedures for press;
  5. Television, radio and photographic coverage;
  6. Requests for Commission records;
  7. Requests for confidential treatment of documents submitted to; the Commission;
  8. Procedures for responding to subpoenas seeking documents or testimony from Commission employees or former employees; and
  9. Fees for various requests, and requests for reduction or waiver of these fees.

Helpful Information:

The Department of Justice FOIA Section External Links offers access to several documents related to FOIA regulations and procedures which may prove useful in submitting FOIA requests, such as:

  1. FOIA Text and Updates External Links;
  2. Privacy Act of 1974 Text and Overview External Links;
  3. DOJ's FOIA Guide External Links;
  4. DOJ's FOIA Post External Links; and
  5. FOIA Update External Links.



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Updated: June 28, 2010