The Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Division/Office is responsible for administering policies, programs, and procedures to ensure DOE compliance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act (PA), 5 U.S.C. 552 and 5 U.S.C. 552a, respectively.
The resources on these pages are provided to aid in finding answers to your questions about programs of the Department of Energy and to obtain information that is publicly available without submitting a FOIA request. If the information is not available here, submit a Freedom of Information Act request electronically.
To assist obtaining publicly available information, we suggest you first conduct a search on the specific topic or information you are seeking using the SEARCH function on the DOE Home Page. From the results of the search if you can determine which DOE Program Office or Field Operations Sites might have the needed information, you can proceed to that location’s Public Reading Facilities using the FOIA Requester Service Centers and FOIA Public Liaisons list. This list provides FOIA Web Page addresses for each location from which Public Reading Facility and DOE FOIA Public Liaison contact information can be obtained.
Please note, many of the documents on these pages will require Adobe Reader for viewing.
|Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)||Privacy Act|
|The Freedom of Information Act allows individuals to obtain documents in the possession and control of agencies within the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. FOIA requests require NETL to conduct a search of existing documents to determine whether any are responsive to the request. NETL is not required to create a document in order to respond to a FOIA request or to answer questions posed under FOIA requests.||The Privacy Act of 1974 allows individuals to learn how records containing personal information are collected, maintained, used, and disseminated by the Federal Government. The Act provides certain safeguards for the protection of this information. The Act permits an individual to gain access to personal information maintained by an Agency, and to seek amendment of any incorrect or incomplete information.|
|Statute and Code
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Frequently Requested Documents
- Responses to Request for Information on the Department of Energy's Plan to Restructure FutureGen [PDF-12MB]
(Some responses have been redacted pursuant to Exemption 4 of the FOIA.)
Additional information regarding the rights of individuals is available via the FOIA/Privacy Act reference materials posted by the Federal Consumer Information Center at www.Firstgov.gov.
|When preparing your request, please do not hesitate to contact the above-listed FOIA/Privacy Act Officer should you have any questions regarding the filing of your request or NETL’s processing procedures.|
|Department of Energy FOIA/PA Homepage|
|List of FOIA Requester Service Centers, Public Liaisons|
How to Make a Request
|FOIA requests must be:||Privacy Act requests must be:|
Failure to follow these instructions could result in rejection of the request.
Requests should be as specific as possible. For Privacy Act requests that meet the requirements for processing, NETL normally responds within 10 to 20 working days from the date of receipt.
How to Appeal
|In the event that an NETL FOIA request is either fully or partially denied, or if no responsive documents were found, the requester may appeal the determination within 30 days from the date the NETL response was received.
The appeal should be identified as a "Freedom of Information Act Appeal" and should be sent to:
Director Office of Hearings and Appeals, HG-1 U.S. Department of Energy 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington , D.C. 20585
Judicial review is available thereafter within the district in which the appellant resides or has a principal place of business, or in which the Department's records are situated, or in the District of Columbia.
|In the event that an NETL Privacy Act request is denied, the requester may appeal the determination within 30 calendar days from the date the NETL response was received.
The appeal should be identified as a "Privacy Act Appeal" and should be:
If the denial relates to records maintained in a government-wide systems of records, reported as a system of records by the Office of Personnel Management, the appeal should be directed to:
Assistant Director for Agency Compliance and Evaluation
All other appeals relating to NETL records systems should be directed to:
Administrative and judicial review is available once the appeal determination is made.