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Welcome to the NRCS Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Website

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted on July 4, 1966 and provides any person the right, which is enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records currently in existence.  The FOIA will disclose all releasable information, excluding any information exempt from release pursuant to one or more of the nine FOIA exemptions and any statutes pertaining to specific programs.  Congress also passed the Open Government Act of 2007, addressing procedure issues pertaining to the administration of FOIA. 

Natural Resources Conservation Service FOIA Service Center

The NRCS FOIA Service Center is the first place a FOIA requester can contact to seek information concerning the following:

1. How to make a FOIA request
2. How to make a Privacy Act (PA) request
3. Administration of FOIA
4. Where to file a FOIA request

Please contact NRCS’s National FOIA/PA Officer concerning any questions pertaining to NRCS’s FOIA or PA program

Deryl L. Richardson, Jr.
National FOIA/PA Officer
Natural Resources Conservation Service
United States Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Room 4242-S  Washington, D.C.

Organizational Email Address:
Office:(202) 690-4985
Fax: (202) 720-9030

We Welcome Your Feedback

The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Freedom of Information Act office is dedicated to processing FOIA and PA requests in an efficient and effective manner.

Please send an email to the FOIA Requester Service Center,, or you may mail or call the NRCS National FOIA Officer at (202) 690-4985 to provide feedback on your experience, as well as suggestions for improvements.