Submitting FOIA Appeals

FOIA requesters may appeal the denial of information within 30 days of receipt of letters from the agency. Appeals should state the following information:

  • the reasons why the requested information should be released under the Act; and
  • why the denial may be in error.

FOIA requesters should attach copies of their original requests and response letters to all appeals, clearly mark the letters and the outside envelopes, "FOIA Appeal, " and mail appeals to the following address:

Deputy Agency Chief FOIA Officer
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 19-01
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-3403
(301) 480-5862 (fax)

This page last reviewed on September 11, 2015