The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted to give any person the right to
request access to federal agency records that are not otherwise protected from disclosure
by legal exemptions and exclusions (e.g., classified national security, business
proprietary, personal privacy, and investigative documents.) See 5 U.S.C. 552.
How to Submit FOIA Requests:
To Initiate a FOIA Request:
You must submit your information request to the Department of Treasury's Office
of Disclosure Services. Your request may not be submitted directly to the CDFI Fund.
For further information regarding how to submit your FOIA request, please visit:
Prior to submitting your request, you may choose to review the CDFI Fund’s list
of previously requested and subsequently released material pursuant to the FOIA.
Because these materials were previously released, requestors are able to receive
the materials more quickly and with minimal fees.
to access the CDFI Fund’s list of previously released FOIA materials.
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access The Department of the Treasury FOIA page and to submit your FOIA request.
Once submitted, FOIA requests are placed in one of three tracks for timely processing.
Track one is for those requests which seek and receive expedited processing pursuant
to subsection (a)(6)(E) of the FOIA. The second track is for those requests which
do not involve voluminous records or lengthy consultations with other entities.
Track three is for those requests which involve voluminous records and for which
lengthy or numerous consultations are required, or those requests which may involve
For Requestors with Pending FOIA Applications:
Once the CDFI Fund receives notification of your FOIA request from the Department
of Treasury's Office of Disclosure Services, the CDFI Fund’s FOIA staff will be
available to answer questions and provide status updates. Please contact FOIA@cdfi.treas.gov
or (202) 653-0425 with inquiries. Please have your FOIA tracking number available
when contacting the CDFI Fund.
Subsection (a)(2) of the FOIA, as amended, requires the CDFI Fund to maintain access
to final opinions, including concurring and dissenting opinions, as well as orders,
made in the adjudication of cases arising under the FOIA involving the CDFI Fund.
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the final opinions and orders.
CDFI Fund FOIA Protocol:
Fees are assessed for most FOIA requests. The rate is dependant upon the requestor’s
classification in one of five of categories. These categories include: commercial
users, educational institutions, non-commercial scientific institutions, representatives
of the news media, and an “all other” categories intended for requesters not fitting
into any of the previous categories. In accordance with 31 C.F.R. § 1.7(e), fee
correspondence are mailed to the requestor. Please reference http://www.treas.gov/foia/ for additional information regarding
Initial Business Submitter Notification
Initial business submitter notifications are sent to the applicants, awardees, and
other entities (“business submitters”) whose records are requested under FOIA. The
business submitter should respond with specific objections under FOIA to the disclosure
of the requested records within 10 business days.
Review of requested documents
Documents are reviewed to assess all specific objections raised by the business
submitter, in writing, to the disclosure of any material under the FOIA exemptions
or U.S. Code Title 26, Part 6103 (Taxpayer Information provisions).
Final Business Submitter Notification
Business submitters are notified 10 business days prior to the release of information
and provided with a final notification letter indicating whether the requested material
will be disclosed and what information has been protected from disclosure pursuant
to FOIA exemptions or 26 U.S.C. §6103.
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