Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA)
The Indian Health Service (IHS) FOIA Program is committed to public service. We are stewards of the federal government who take pride in our ability to help guide the user through the FOIA process by providing an innovative and informative Freedom of Information Act Homepage.
In his January 21, 2009 Executive Order, President Obama stated in part:
"The Freedom of Information Act should be administered with a clear presumption: In the face of doubt, openness prevails. The Government should not keep information confidential merely because public officials might be embarrassed by disclosure, because errors and failures might be revealed, or because of speculative or abstract fears. Nondisclosure should never be based on an effort to protect the personal interests of Government officials at the expense of those they are supposed to serve. In responding to requests under the FOIA, executive branch agencies (agencies) should act promptly and in a spirit of cooperation, recognizing that such agencies are servants of the public."
He also stated:
"The presumption of disclosure also means that agencies should take affirmative steps to make information public. They should not wait for specific requests from the public. All agencies should use modern technology to inform citizens about what is known and done by their Government. Disclosure should be timely"
Freedom of Information Act (as amended, 1996) [PDF - 57 KB]
The full text of the President Obama's Executive Order [PDF - 52 KB].
Important Agency contacts:
Where to submit your FOIA request:
Your FOIA request can be sent electronically to IHSFOIAMailbox@ihs.gov.
Please send all written FOIA requests to the Indian Health Service FOIA Office, Division of Regulatory Affairs/FOIA, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 09E70, Rockville, Maryland 20857.
If you are requesting records on behalf of another person, a consent form authorizing representation must be presented at the time you submit your FOIA request.
Please be advised:
To protect you, your families, or your patient's privacy, DO NOT include any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or Protected Health Information (PHI).
Examples of PII and PHI are: Individual Health Condition(s), Social Security Number, Date of Birth (DOB), Patient Name (if not your own), and Patient Registration Number.
Do Not Send Personally Identifiable, Private or medical records information in your FOIA request.
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