Freedom of Information Act

Last Modified: February 06, 2024

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that keeps citizens informed about their government.

Since 1967, FOIA has provided the public the right to request access to records from any Federal agency. Federal agencies need to disclose information requested through FOIA unless it is specifically excluded or exempted by law. Examples of information that is provided special protection under FOIA include certain law enforcement and national security records, trade secrets, confidential financial or commercial information, privileged communications within and between agencies, and personal privacy information. View the exclusions and exemptions in the FOIA FAQ.

Use this page to learn how to submit a FOIA request to APHIS, check the status on submitted FOIA requests, and review frequently requested APHIS records.

Request APHIS Records and Information

APHIS FOIA Office Contact Information

Tonya Woods, FOIA Director
Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Office
Legislative and Public Affairs
4700 River Rd., Unit 50
Riverdale, MD 20737

Phone: 301-851-4102
Fax: 301-734-5941

APHIS FOIA Public Liaison

The FOIA Public Liaison is responsible for helping to reduce delays, increase transparency and understanding of the status of requests, and assist in dispute resolution.

Abbey L. Fretz
APHIS FOIA Public Liaison
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
4700 River Rd., Unit 50
Riverdale, MD 20737

Phone: 301-851-4056​


Additional FOIA Information

FOIA Exemptions


Privacy Act