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Sample FOIA Request Letter


National Reconnaissance Office
Information Review and Release Group
14675 Lee Road
Chantilly, VA 20151-1715

Dear IRRG,

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. §552). I request that a copy of the following records be provided to me [identify the documents as specifically as possible].

In order to help you determine my status for the purpose of assessing fees, you should know that I am [insert one of the descriptions below]:
a representative of the news media affiliated with the [newspaper, magazine, television station, etc.], and this request is made as part of newsgathering and not for commercial use;
affiliated with an educational or noncommercial scientific institution, and this request is made for a scholarly or scientific purpose and not for a commercial use;
affiliated with a private business and seeking records for us in the company's business; or
a private individual doing personal research.

I am willing to pay fees if my request for a waiver is denied [you may put in an amount "not to exceed $_____]."

[Optional] I request a waiver of fees for this request because disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest. It is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the NRO and is not primarily in my commercial interest [include details about how the requested information will be disseminated by you to the general public.]

[Optional] I include a telephone number at which I can be contacted if necessary to discuss any aspect of my request.


City, State, Zip Code
Telephone Number [optional]

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