Freedom of Information Act
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org]
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.