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Filing a FOIA Request

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. § 552) is a law enacted by Congress that established a statutory right of access to records in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. In its current form, FOIA provides members of the public with an avenue to obtain records, whether paper copies or electronic records, from various Government agencies, including the FDIC and the FDIC Office of Inspector General. FOIA permits agencies to withhold records protected from disclosure by any of nine exemptions or by one of three exclusions for law enforcement records.  FOIA permits agencies to charge fees, depending on which of the statutorily defined categories the requester belongs to and the circumstances of his/her request. The FDIC has issued regulations implementing FOIA that can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 12 C.F.R. § 309.5.

Agencies are generally required to respond to properly formulated FOIA requests within 20 business days of receiving the request, although there are exceptions for records sought on an expedited basis if certain conditions are met; and agencies may extend the due date for responding, depending on the circumstances. Requesters have certain administrative and judicial appeal rights.

Many of the OIG's reports are available on this website. The FDIC OIG has archived reports issued prior to 2008. For your convenience, on this website, there is a list of the archived reports the FDIC OIG publicly issued prior to 2008, and their dates of issuance.  A report file for any of the reports listed as archived will be made available upon request.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of any of the archived reports, please contact our webmaster.

How to File a FOIA Request

Various OIG records may be requested through the FDIC's electronic FOIA process.

To file an electronic FOIA request with the FDIC, select this link –


Further information and instructions will be provided to you at that site. FOIA requests may also be filed by mail, at the following address:

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
FOIA/Privacy Act Group, Legal Division
550 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20429-9990


Before filing a FOIA request with the FDIC, please consult important information in the FDIC regulations regarding the FDIC's FOIA process, located at 12 C.F.R. Sections 309.4 and 309.5.