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The Freedom of Information Act, commonly known as the FOIA, was enacted by Congress in 1966 to give the American public greater access to the federal government's records. The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 expanded the scope of the FOIA to encompass electronic records and require the creation of "electronic reading rooms" to make records more easily and widely available to the public.

FCC FOIA Reports

Chief FOIA Officer Reports, Annual FOIA Reports, Quarterly FOIA Reports, Report Data Files and Comparisons to Other Federal Agencies

Finding the Information You Need

You do not have to file a FOIA request to obtain records which the FCC makes routinely available for public inspection. Many of these are available on the Commission's web site, and you are encouraged to review the Commission's web site before filing a FOIA request as you may find what you are looking for much more quickly. In addition, the FCC provides an Electronic Reading Room containing the following information:

  • Final opinions and orders
  • Specific agency policy statements
  • Administrative manuals and instructions to staff that affect members of the public
  • Records disclosed in response to a FOIA request that have become or are likely to become the subject of subsequent FOIA requests.

If you have questions concerning FCC matters, but do not need specific documents or records, you do not need to file a FOIA request. Please contact the FCC Call Center at 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) for inquiries concerning the FCC.

The FCC regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. We have no records or documents to provide for any subject areas outside of the FCC's jurisdiction, including other Federal Government agencies or any government agencies at the state or local level. If you wish to make a FOIA request with another Federal agency, please use the link below to access the Department of Justice's web site.

Other Federal Agencies FOIA Contact Information leave

File a FOIA Request for FCC Records Only

To file a FOIA request for records kept by the FCC, please use our Electronic FOIA Request Form.



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