FOIA and Privacy Act Information

Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Requests for USAID Office of Inspector General Records

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. section 552, requires Federal agencies to disclose agency records to requestors. These disclosures are subject to some limitations. Agencies may lawfully withhold certain information from release under exemptions and exclusions specified by the act. FOIA applies only to Federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by State or local government agencies. For more information about FOIA, you may visit For more on USAID FOIA regulations, which apply to OIG records, visit this page: FOIA Regulations.

The Privacy Act of 1974 (Privacy Act), 5 U.S.C. section 552a, establishes safeguards for the protection of records that the Federal Government collects and maintains on U.S. citizens and aliens lawfully admitted for permanent residence, and provides individuals with the opportunity to correct inaccuracies in agency records retrieved by their name and personal identifier or to seek the amendment of inaccurate information.

Currently, USAID’s Information and Records Division, in the Bureau for Management’s Office of Management Services, is responsible for processing FOIA requests and requests under the Privacy Act for USAID Office of Inspector General records.

How To Submit a FOIA or Privacy Act Request for OIG Records

Please review the information provided in the links below on how to request OIG records under FOIA or the Privacy Act:

Freedom of Information Act Reading Room

FOIA requires that agencies have a reading room to inspect publicly available documents. The Reports and Plans section of our website serves this purpose. For USAID’s reading room, please visit USAID’s online FOIA Library.