FOIA Office Phone

Great Lakes and Ohio River Division
(513) 684-6241
Buffalo District
1-800-833-6390 (option 5)
Chicago District
(312) 846-5353
Detroit District
(313) 226-6835
Huntington District
(304) 399-5261/5880
Louisville District
(502) 315-6640
Nashville District
(615) 736-5687
Pittsburgh District
(412) 395-7407

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  • Be aware of the timeline: The 20-day clock starts when the FOIA is received by the staff, not when it comes in the mail or is sent electronically. This means if it arrives after business hours on a Friday, the clock begins the following Monday morning.
  • Be sure to provide accurate contact information: Be sure to include name, phone number and e-mail address or mailing address.
  • Express willingness to pay: Include the highest threshold amount. 
  • Have a narrow focus: Be very specific on what records are being requested. For example, asking for every record in a work center is not narrow enough. Asking for a specific permit would be detailed enough to retrieve.
  • How to make a FOIA Request

    Freedom of Information Act GraphicWhat is FOIA? The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government.

    How do I make a FOIA Request? To get information under the FOIA, typically you must make a “FOIA request.” This is a written request in which you describe the information you want in as much detail as possible. A FOIA request can be made for any agency record. You should be aware that the FOIA does not require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes District to do research for you, analyze data, answer written questions, or create records in response to your request. Finally, you should know that FOIA requires that the Great Lakes District release certain information automatically, without the need for you to make a request. So, before you send in a FOIA request, it’s a good idea to look at our website first to see what’s already available. The FOIA allows fee charges based on the requester's category. There are three categories: commercial (pay search, review, and reproduction fees); educational, non-commercial scientific institution, and news media (pay reproduction fees; first 100 pages provided at no cost); and others (pay search and reproduction fees; first two hours search and 100 pages provided at no cost). Please refer to "A Citizen’s Guide To Request Army Records Under The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)" for more detailed information about the FOIA process.

    Use the FOIA Request Form below to electronically make a request or mail us your FOIA request to:

    USACE Great Lakes and Ohio Rivers Division Counsel

    550 Main St, Rm 10032

    Cincinnati, OH 45202-3222

    Submit A FOIA Request

    Please provide your contact information


    What information are you looking for?

    Please be as specific as possible.


    What will this information be used for?


    Are you willing to pay associated fees?


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