FOIA Advisor

FOIA deadlines

Administrative stage

  • Agency final response to request:                       20 business days; 30 business days if "unusual circumstances" exist  
  • Agency appeal determination:                             20 business days; 30 business days if "unusual circumstances" exist
  • Agency response to request for expedition:          10 calendar days
  • Agency appeal determination re: expedition:         "expeditious consideration"
  • Agency acknowledgment of request:                     if final determination will take "longer than ten days"
  • Requester appeal deadline:                                  90 calendar days                                          


  • Requester/plaintiff lawsuit:                                    "six years after the right of action first accrues"
  • Agency Answer to Complaint:                               30 days



Last updated July 7, 2016