Margaret Moore, Freedom of Information Office, Supervisor
Robin Schofield, Freedom of Information Act Coordinator
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time
We will do everything possible to comply with your request in a timely manner. It is the policy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to attempt to respond to FOIA requests on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot provide an estimate as to how much time it will take to process your request.
The Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. 552 provides individuals with a right to access records in the possession of the federal government. The government may withhold information pursuant to the nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the Act. The Electronic FOIA (E-FOIA) Amendments, which were signed into law in 1996, amended the Act in several ways, including:
Before submitting a request under FOIA, please ensure that the information you are seeking is information that is or may be held by NIAID. Furthermore, the information should not already be in the public domain. NIAID already has a wealth of information available in both the published and electronic formats. A search of the NIAID site can assist you in locating information and lists of available publications.
Requesters interested in obtaining information on federally funded biomedical research projects should consult the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) database. This will enable you to identify whether the project is funded by NIAID and will provide the grant or project number.
The more specific the information you provide in your FOIA request, the quicker and easier it is for the NIAID FOIA office staff to readily process your request.
Recently, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued Circular A110 to provide access to data produced under grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health and other federal awarding agencies. To the extent you are interested in requesting data produced under an NIAID grant pursuant to OMB Revised Circular A110, please understand that it applies only to data
Additionally, if the data you request are already available to the public through an archive or other source, we will not process your request under FOIA.
If the information you are requesting is not in the public domain, please follow the suggestions listed below when preparing your FOIA request:
It is important to note that FOIA allows agencies to recover part of the costs associated with responding to requests. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations describe specific rules for fees, requesting a fee waiver, and reducing fees.
Questions about NIH privacy policies should be sent to the NIH Privacy Act Officer.
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Last Updated November 21, 2013
Last Reviewed November 21, 2013