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Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act

TTB is a component of the Department of Treasury.  TTB adheres to the policy and disclosure regulations of the Department of the Treasury (see 31 CFR Part 1, or as a PDF) to implement the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) uniformly and consistently and to provide maximum allowable disclosure of agency records upon request by any individual.  Requests are processed within the time limits defined by the FOIA.  Other than records that are fully disclosed, appeal rights are given to requesters seeking judicial review.

The Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552, as amended, requires federal agencies to give access to the public for non-public and non-published documents, after receiving a perfected written request.  An agency can exclude certain categories of records from disclosure pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the statute.

What is FOIA?

Read the History of the Freedom of Information Act and TTB to see the development of this Act with its many amendments.

The Privacy Act

The Privacy Act, as amended, establishes certain controls over what personal information is collected by the federal government and how it is used. This law guarantees three primary rights:

  1. The right to see records about oneself, subject to the Privacy Act's exemptions.
  2. The right to amend a nonexempt record if it is inaccurate, irrelevant, untimely, or incomplete.
  3. The right to sue the government for violations of the statute, such as permitting unauthorized individuals to read your records.

What is the Privacy Act?

Learn more about the Department of the Treasury's disclosure program on FOIA and the Privacy Act.

Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer

In response to the President's Executive Order 13392 of December 14, 2005 (Improving Agency Disclosure of Information), the Department of the Treasury has designated Brodi Fontenot, Assistant Secretary for Management, as the Chief Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer.



TTB does not accept FOIA requests via email.  Please see the instructions on making and submitting a FOIA request. You may also submit your request using the Online Request Form.


Questions? Contact the TTB FOIA Requester Service Center by postal mail at 1310 G Street, NW, Box 12, Washington, DC 20005. Or you can contact the service center by phone or fax at 202-882-9904 (office), 202-453-2331 (fax) or contact us online.

Last updated: March 16, 2024
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