National Freedom of Information Coalition
Protecting Your Right to Open Government

How to Submit a FOIA Request Online

While former NSA-er Edward Snowden has demonstrated his own particular method to fostering greater government transparency, there are alternate ways that won't require you to seek asylum in a foreign country. One officially sanctioned avenue is by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
FOIA was a 1966 federal law that grants the public and the press access to previously unreleased government information and documents (several states have since enacted their own state-specific Freedom of Information acts).
Annoyingly, given the rapid development of information technology since the 1960s, the process for attaining once-secret documents is not as simplified as it should be. As it stands now, FOIA requests can take several weeks or months to process and each federal department has their own individual (and occasionally labyrinthine) FOIA process. So, there's currently unique and separate processes to find information from agencies like the NSA, the CIA, and the Air Force. Continue>>>