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Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act and Executive Order 13392, “Improving Agency Disclosure of Information,” direct federal agencies to ensure that citizens can obtain timely access to information concerning the federal government.

You must submit a FOIA request in writing. You may either email Stephanie Zimmt-Mack, General Counsel [zimmt-mack@udall.gov] or mail your request to the FOIA Officer, Udall Foundation, 130 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, Arizona, 85701. Please state clearly that the request is being made under FOIA. Be as specific as you can when identifying the information you are seeking, and include your name, address, and contact information to enable us to contact you with any questions.

How much does it cost to make a FOIA request?
There is no charge to file a FOIA request; however, you may be charged for search and review time, as well as duplication costs, depending on who you are and what you intend to do with the information, as prescribed in FOIA. You must indicate your willingness to pay appropriate fees before the Foundation is obligated to respond to the request. Requests from an educational or non-commercial scientific institution or a representative of the news media will be processed at no charge, and duplication costs will apply only after the first 100 pages. Commercial requesters will incur the full direct cost of the time involved searching for, reviewing, and duplicating responsive records, as well as the cost of duplication.

What types of information can I request?
The FOIA applies only to existing documents; you may not request the Foundation to create a document for you. You may request records in the possession of the Udall Foundation which include information that does not fall under the nine exemptions to FOIA. The following is an unofficial summary of these exemptions, for official information please consult the Act. Under the Act, agencies may withhold all or part of records which include information involving 1) national security information, 2) records related solely to an agency’s internal personnel rules and practices, 3) information that has been specifically exempted from disclosure by statute, 4) trade secrets or commercial or financial information obtained from a person that is privileged or confidential, 5) information not releasable to a party in litigation with the agency (generally known as “privileged” information), 6) personnel and medical files and similar files when disclosure would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, 7) law enforcement information, 8) bank records, and 9) information about wells. You may expect that the Udall Foundation will formally notify you if you the documents responsive to your request contain such information.

How long will it take to get an answer to my FOIA request?
The Udall Foundation has 20 working days to process your request from the date that the request is received; if the Foundation cannot provide an answer within that period we must tell you when a response will be forthcoming. Please note that certain requests may take longer to process.

What if I have questions about the status of my request?
You may contact Stephanie Zimmt-Mack, General Counsel.

Does the Udall Foundation have records I can review without filing a FOIA request?
Yes. Please visit our Open Government page.

Udall Foundation FOIA Report FY 2016