• Part Number:
  • Part Number Title:
    Production or Disclosure of Information or Materials
  • Subpart:
    70 Subpart B
  • Subpart Title:
    Procedures for Disclosure of Records Under the Freedom of Information Act
  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    Appeals from denial of requests.
  • GPO Source:

A requester may appeal to the Solicitor of Labor from any adverse determination, including but not limited to when one or more of the following has occurred: A request for access to records has been denied in whole or in part; a requester disputes a determination that records cannot be located or have been destroyed; a requester disputes a determination by a component concerning the assessment or waiver of fees; a requester disputes the denial of a request for expedited processing; or a component fails to respond to a request within the time limits set forth in the FOIA and referenced in 70.25(a). The appeal must be filed within 90 days of the date of the action being appealed.


The appeal must state in writing the grounds for appeal, and it may include any supporting statements or arguments, but such statements are not required. In order to facilitate processing of the appeal, the appeal should include the assigned request number (if applicable), appellant's mailing address and daytime telephone number, as well as copies of the initial request and the component's response. If mailed, the envelope and the letter of appeal should be clearly marked: “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.” Any amendment to the appeal must be in writing and received prior to a decision on the appeal.


The appeal should be addressed to the Solicitor of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, FOIA Appeals Unit, Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-2420, Washington, DC 20210. Appeals also may be submitted by fax to 202-693-5538 or by email to foiaappeal@dol.gov. Appeals submitted to any other email address will not be accepted.

[54 FR 23144, May 30, 1989; 54 FR 25204, June 13, 1989; 71 FR 60766, May 30, 2006; 82 FR 7674, Jan. 23, 2017]