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federal agencies must respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests within 20 business days, unless there are "unusual circumstances." There must be an explanation for the delay and fees will be waived after 20 days.
You can FOIA any federal agency by email, mail or submitting a
form online. If you aren’t sure what agency you need to FOIA, the U.S. Department of Justice
FOIA website includes a database of all federal agencies and their FOIA officers. Below are a handful of agencies you might want FOIA.