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FOIA: Appeals

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A person whose initial FOIA request for documents has been denied, either in part or in whole, or who has received a no records response, or whose request for a fee waiver has been denied, has the right to appeal the denial to the RMA administrator within 45 days after receipt of notification of the denial.

Your appeal must be received within 45 days from the date of the denial letter. The term "FOIA APPEAL" should be placed in capital letters on the front of the envelope and should be addresssed as follows:

RMA Administrator
Risk Management Agency
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Room 6092
AG Stop 0801
Washington, D.C. 20250-0801

According to Title 7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Subtitle A, 1.14 appeals, all final appeal responses require review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture office of the General Counsel (OGC) for legal sufficiency. As soon as the OGC has completed its review, we will forward the final response to you.

Sample Appeal Letter (PDF)