FOIA Advisor


Q&A: Benghazi, Libya

Q&A (2015-16)Allan BlutsteinComment

Q.   The Benghazi Embassy had to have more than 4 employees/contractors in order to run an operation of that size and scope.  How many were assigned, employed, or contracted, however they're categorized.  Were they ever questioned by Congress? If yes, what did they report? If they weren't, why not?  How do I obtain this information?

A.  If you are interested in documents concerning Benghazi, you could send a FOIA request to the U.S. State Department (instructions here).  Keep in mind, however, that an agency is not required to answer questions in response to a FOIA request; it need only search for reasonably described records.  Additionally, before making a request, you might wish to browse reports and hearing testimony available from the U.S. House of Representative's Select Committee on Benghazi.