Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Introduction to FOIA
Welcome to the RMA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) home page. The FOIA (5 U.S.C. §552) was enacted in 1966 and provides that any person has the right to request access to Federal agency records or information, except to the extent that such records are protected from release by a FOIA exemption or exclusion. It is RMA policy to release information to the fullest extent of the law.
On October 2, 1996, the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 (E-FOIA) were signed into law. E-FOIA makes it possible for individuals to have electronic access to certain USDA information without having to make formal FOIA requests. To accommodate this requirement, we have established an RMA Electronic Reading Room to assist the public in obtaining information electronically. RMA only maintains electronic versions of these files. If you need assistance with the RMA Electronic Reading Room, you may contact the RMA FOIA Service Center at 202-690-3041.
- Requesting Records under FOIA from RMA
In order to receive the most efficient response, requestors may contact the FOIA Officer through several means of communication: post mail, commercial couriers, telephone, facsimile, or e-mail.
- RMA FOIA Reports
- 2012 FOIA Annual Report (Nov 14, 2013)
- 2011 FOIA Annual Report (Nov 13, 2012)
- 2010 FOIA Annual Report (Feb 23, 2011)
- 2009 FOIA Annual Report (Jan 27, 2011)
- 2008 FOIA Annual Report (May 11, 2010)
- FOIA Requests
- Other FOIA Information
- RMA FOIA Contacts
FOIA Requester Service Center, 202-690-3041
FOIA Public Liaison, 202-260-8252
- Contact Information
FPAC-BC FOIA Team
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410