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EEOC Launches Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Software on February 1, 2021

2021-03-22

New tool will allow requesters to initiate new FOIA requests and appeals

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows individuals the right to request access to federal government records. On February 1, 2021, the EEOC will begin using a new software system to receive and process Freedom of Information Act requests and appeals.  Requesters will be able to monitor their requests and appeals online and exchange communications and documents with the agency electronically. Annually, the EEOC receives about 16,000 FOIA requests. 

On the existing FOIA E-Library Index webpage, the following items are posted: (1) FOIA library certification, (2) agency reports including annual reports, statistical reports, National Enforcement Plan, etc. (3) policy and regulatory documents, (4) communications from the Offices of Federal Operations; Communications and Legislative Affairs; Field Operations; Legal Counsel; General Counsel, Chief Financial Officer; and Research, Information and Planning, (5) forms, and (6) publications.

Starting on February 1, 2021, requesters can initiate a new FOIA request using the 2021 system at https://eeoc.arkcase.com/foia/.  Requests made prior to February 1st can be viewed using the Public Access Link through March 12th.  Additionally, EEOC will accept FOIA requests and appeals via U.S. mail, email at FOIA@eeoc.gov, and by facsimile.  The FOIA Service Center can be reached at (202) 663-4500 or (202) 663-7026 (TTY) or by contacting the FOIA Public Liaison at (202) 663-4634.

The foregoing has been prepared for the general information of clients and friends of Workplace Dynamics LLC and is not being represented as being all-inclusive or complete. It has been abridged from legislation, administrative ruling, agency directives, and other information provided by the government. It is not meant to provide legal advice with respect to any specific matter and should not be acted upon without professional counsel.