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The goal of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act Office is to keep the public better informed about the Agency’s efforts to ensure U.S. security through the release of as much information as possible, consistent with the need to protect classified or sensitive information under the exemption provisions of these laws.
Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. sec. 552 (as amended by the OPEN Government Act of 2007, Pub. L. No. 110-175, 121 Stat. 2524) generally provides that any person (with the exception of another Federal agency, a fugitive from the law, or a representative of a foreign government) has the right, enforceable in court, to request access to any existing record of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government unless the information in those records is protected from disclosure by one or more of the nine exemptions that qualify an agency’s need to withhold records from the public. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) acts in accordance to all Federal laws and adheres to the policy and disclosure regulations set forth in 32 CFR Chapter XVII Part 1700 to implement the FOIA uniformly and consistently and to provide maximum allowable disclosure of agency records upon request.
Records that, generally, may be protected from disclosure are: (1) properly classified material; (2) limited kinds of purely internal agency personnel rules and practices; (3) matters exempt from disclosure by other statutes; (4) trade secrets or commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged or confidential; (5) inter- or intra- agency communications that represent the deliberative, pre-decisional process, attorney work product, or attorney-client privileged records; (6) personnel, medical, and similar files containing information that would be a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy; (7) law enforcement records to the extent that one of six specific harms could result from disclosure; (8) matters relating to the regulation or supervision of financial institutions; and (9) geological and geophysical information on oil wells.
The FOIA provides for access to “reasonably described” records. This means a requester must describe the actual document(s) sought to provide sufficient details to permit a search with reasonable effort utilizing existing indices or search tools. The FOIA does not require an agency to create a record, collect information, conduct research, or analyze data.
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. Sec. 552a) regulates the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of personal information by federal executive branch agencies to balance the government's need to maintain information about individuals with the rights of individuals to be protected against unwarranted invasions of their privacy.
The Act focuses on four basic policy objectives:
(1) To restrict disclosure of personally identifiable records maintained by agencies;
(2) To grant individuals increased rights of access to agency records maintained on themselves;
(3) To grant individuals the right to seek amendment of agency records maintained on themselves upon a showing that the records are not accurate, relevant, timely, or complete; and
(4) To establish a code of "fair information practices" which requires agencies to comply with statutory norms for collection, maintenance, and dissemination of records.
Similar to the FOIA, the Privacy Act provides individuals with the right to seek access to agency records. However, under the Privacy Act, an individual (defined as a U.S. citizen or permanent resident alien) may only seek access to his/her own record, or to any information pertaining to him/her, if such information is maintained by an agency within a Privacy Act system of records and is not exempt from release under the provisions of the law. In addition, any requests to amend an agency record are limited to correcting factual errors and not matters of official judgement, such as performance ratings, or subjective judgements that reflect an individual’s observation, evaluation or opinion.
Requests for information under the FOIA or PA
To obtain records from the ODNI, a FOIA or PA request may be submitted in writing to:
Jennifer L. Hudson
Chief, Information and Data Management Group
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Washington, D.C. 20511
Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2013
October 2012 - September 2013 (FY 2013)
August - December 2012
ODNI FOIA Report Q1 2014 (JSON/XML.zip)
ODNI FOIA Report Q4 2013 (JSON/XML.zip)
ODNI FOIA Report Q3 2013 (JSON/XML.zip)
ODNI FOIA Report Q3 2013 (JSON/XML.zip)
ODNI FOIA Report Q1 2013 (JSON/XML.zip)
ODNI Chief FOIA Officer Report 2013
ODNI Chief FOIA Officer Report 2012
ODNI Chief FOIA Officer Report 2011
ODNI Chief FOIA Officer Report 2010
2012 Annual Report (XML)
2011 Annual Report
2010 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report
2008 Annual Report
2007 Annual Report
2006 Annual Report
2005 Annual Report
ODNI FOIA Review and Report as Required by EO 13392
Backlog Reduction Plan
ODNI FOIA Reading Room Certification
Intelligence Community FOIA websites
Central Intelligence Agency
United States Coast Guard
Defense Intelligence Agency
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
Department of State
Department of the Treasury
Drug Enforcement Administration
Federal Bureau of Investigation
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
National Reconnaissance Office
National Security Agency
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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the requirements of 5 CFR 724.202 ("Notice obligations"), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence hereby publishes this No FEAR Act Notice. The purpose of this notice is to inform ODNI and Intelligence Community employees, former employees, and applicants for employment of the rights and protections available under Federal antidiscrimination and whistleblower protection laws. This Notice follows the model language provided by the Office of Personnel Management in the Final Rule, Implementation of Title II of the Notification and Federal Employee Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 - Notification & Training (71 Fed. Reg. 41095). Any questions regarding this notice should be directed to Intelligence Community Equal Employment Opportunity Outreach hotline – 703-874-8360.
On May 15, 2002, Congress enacted the "Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002," which is now known as the No FEAR Act. The Act is intended to "require that Federal agencies be accountable for violations of antidiscrimination and whistleblower protection laws." Public Law 107-174, Summary. In support of this purpose, Congress found that "agencies cannot run effectively if those agencies practice or tolerate discrimination." Public Law 107-174, Title I, General Provisions, section 101(1).
The Act also requires this agency to provide this notice to Federal employees, former Federal employees and applicants for Federal employment to inform you of the rights and protections available to you under Federal antidiscrimination and whistleblower protection laws.
Existing Rights Unchanged: Pursuant to section 205 of the No FEAR Act, neither the Act nor this notice creates, expands or reduces any rights otherwise available to any employee, former employee or applicant under the laws of the United States, including the provisions of law specified in 5 2302(d).
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