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Requesters have the right to appeal initial FOIA decisions, which are adverse in nature, within 45 days of the date of the final response.  Adverse decisions are no-records responses, partial releases, full denials, or denials of fee-waivers or expedited processing.  When mailing an appeal, ensure to include the initial response, along with the appeal letter and envelope clearly marked “Freedom of Information Act Appeal.”

When appealing a final action of a state decision, please mail your appeal to:

Patrick McLoughlin
National FOIA/PA Officer
United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
375 Jackson St., Suite 600
St. Paul, MN 55101
Tel: (651) 602-7907

When appealing a final action of a National Headquarters decision, please mail your appeal to:

Philip Buchan
USDA, NRCS, Strategic Planning and Accountability
5601 Sunnyside Ave
Room 1-2102
Beltsville, MD 20705


5 U.S.C §552
7 C.F.R. §1
Open Government Act of 2007
Department of Justice Guide to the Freedom of Information Act
United State Department of Agriculture FOIA Home Page