Freedom of Information Act Requests
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. Like all federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is required to disclose records requested in writing by any person. However, agencies may withhold information pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the statute. FOIA applies only to federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or state or local government agencies.
Below are links to specific FOIA-related information. We encourage the public to explore BLS and DOL websites to see if the information you seek is already publicly available.
Please see our BLS FOIA FAQs for quick answers to common questions.
BLS Statistical Data Product Requests versus Requests for Records under FOIA
Statistical data produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics may be obtained without making a request under FOIA. Statistical data questions or special data requests should be submitted directly to the appropriate BLS program that produces the data. Submitting your questions to the appropriate BLS program or the BLS Division of Information and Marketing Services is the most direct way to receive the answers you are seeking, and we recommend it over submitting a FOIA request. Please contact the Division of Information and Marketing Services or the BLS program that produces the data before submitting your FOIA request for BLS data products.
BLS FOIA Information
Frequently Requested Materials
Other FOIA Resources
Last Modified Date: November 15, 2018