Title 6: Domestic Security
CHAPTER X: PRIVACY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES OVERSIGHT BOARD
PART 1000: DISCLOSURE OF RECORDS AND INFORMATION
: Freedom of Information Act
1000.6 - How to request records.(a) A request for records pursuant to FOIA must be submitted in writing. An individual may submit a request via mail: FOIA Officer, Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, The White House, Washington, DC 20502; or via fax: (202) 456-1066. To ensure prompt receipt, the Board recommends sending a request via fax, as security procedures may delay requests sent through the mail. The words “FOIA REQUEST” should be clearly marked on the envelope or cover page, as well as on the actual request. The request must contain a means of contacting the requestor via mail and via telephone. The Board does not accept FOIA requests by e-mail.
(b) Each request must reasonably describe the record(s) sought, including when known: The organization or individual originating the Record; subject matter; type of record; location; and any other pertinent information which would assist in promptly locating the Record. Requests shall also contain a description of their purpose so that a determination may be made regarding the appropriate fee structure that should be applied to the request. See § 1000.10(i). Requests that do not meet these requirements will not be considered a proper request.
(c) When a request is not considered reasonably descriptive, or requires the production of voluminous records, or places an extraordinary burden on the FOIA Officer or other members of the Board staff that would seriously interfere with its normal functioning, the Board shall provide the person an opportunity to limit the scope of the request so that it may be processed within that time limit or an opportunity to arrange with the Board an alternative time frame for processing the request or a modified request. Refusal by the person reasonably to modify the request or arrange such an alternative time frame shall be considered as a factor in determining whether exceptional circumstances exist for purposes of 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(6)(C).