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The U.S. Agency for International Development is pleased to accept electronic Freedom of Information Act request through our Public Access Link (PAL).  To submit a FOIA request, you must select, complete and submit the registration form on the left of the screen. 
FOIA request submitted by e-mail, fax and mail are still accepted. 

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OMB Control Number: 0412-0589


OMB NO. 0412-0589

EXPIRES: 04-30-2021

PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT: This information is being collected under the authority of the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a and the Freedom of Information Act Title 5 U.S.C. § 552 as amended by the Open Government Act of 2007. The purpose of this collection is to allow the public to electronically submit and track the status of Freedom of Information Act requests. Furnishing the information to create your account is voluntary, but failure to do so will limit you to the “check status” capability only. Personal information will not be distributed to outside entities.

PUBLIC BURDEN STATEMENT: Public burdened reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be an average of 30 minutes per response, including time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information.  Send comments regarding the accuracy of the burden estimation and any suggestions for reducing the burden to: U.S. Agency for International Development, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Ronald Reagan Building, Suite 2.07C, Washington, DC 20523-2701.

COVID-19: USAID has implemented maximum telework to promote social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Priorities in many of our operating units have shifted, thus impacting processing response times.   Please note that USAID is unable to conduct a search for physical records while teleworking.  As a result, all search requests will be limited to electronic records, unless you notify us that you want your request to remain open until USAID employees have physical access to their workspaces.  We appreciate your understanding during this time.  If you have any questions, please email us at  Thank you.




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