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Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA)

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The Indian Health Service (IHS) FOIA Staff welcomes you to the improved Freedom of Information Act Requester Center! In an effort to make the FOIA section more user-friendly, the reader (YOU) will be provided with the basic information about the Program and how it works.

We hope you will find this site informative and that it will give you a better understanding of IHS’ public information programs. As part of the effort to make Federal agencies more transparent per President Barack Obama's MemorandumExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving, we will continue to improve this site to bring you current program information.

After the implementation of President Bush's Executive Order 13,392 [PDF - 99KB], Improving Agency Disclosure of Information, signed by the President on December 14, 2005, required Federal Agencies improve their FOIA process by providing the general public with the best possible tools to make FOIA requests, know who to send those requests to, and to receive a response from the Agency in a timely manner.

The Executive Order allows the IHS to streamline the FOIA process which not only assists the public (the requester) but also allows the Program Staff to be more efficient in their duties.

Important Agency contacts:
Carl G. Mitchell - Acting FOIA Officer
Janet Ingersoll - Government Information Specialist, FOIA Public Liaison, and Requester Service Center Contact
Sandra Maclin - Policy Analyst

To request status of your FOIA request, or if you have any questions about the FOIA process, please contact our Janet Ingersoll or Sandra Maclin.

Your FOIA request can be sent to the Area FOIA Coordinators at one of the 12 IHS FOIA Area Offices which may have the information you are requesting, or to the IHS headquarters FOIA office.