The Freedom of Information Act requires the government to disclose its records to the public at large. For example, this act would allow someone to request the Environmental Protection Agency to release records that reveal if a certain building contains asbestos. Information that cannot be revealed includes data regarding
If the requested information has already been disclosed to the public, the agency does not have to reveal it again. If you do not know which governmental agency can supply you with the information you need, you can contact the Federal Information Center at PO Box 600, Cumberland, Maryland 21502 or at the following phone numbers:
|Eastern Time Zone||(800) 3471997|
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|Mountain Time Zone||(800) 3593997|
|Pacific Time Zone||(800) 7264995|
|If you are deaf and use telecommunication devices||(800) 3262996|
The agency must inform you whether it will grant your request within ten days of receiving your request. If an agency denies your request, it must tell you why and inform you of your right to appeal its decision through the federal court system. Usually courts are reluctant to rule against an agency`s decision.
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