When a request for access to records has been denied in whole or in part; where a requester disputes a determination that records cannot be located or have been destroyed; where a requester disputes a determination by a disclosure officer concerning the assessment or waiver of fees; or when a component fails to respond to a request within the time limits set forth in the FOIA, the requester may appeal to the Solicitor of Labor. The appeal must be filed within 90 days of the date of the action being appealed.
The appeal will 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 appellant's mailing address and daytime telephone number, as well as copies of the initial request and the disclosure officer's response. 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, Division of Management and Administrative Legal Services, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room N-2428, Washington, DC 20210. Appeals also may be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Appeals submitted to any other e-mail address will not be accepted.
[54 FR 23144, May 30, 1989; 54 FR 25204, June 13, 1989; 71 FR 60766, May 30, 2006]