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How to Submit a FOIA Request

How to Submit a FOIA Request to HHS


Submitting to the Office of the Secretary

Creating a New Online (PAL) Account:

  • Click Register, above.
  • Fill in the Contact Information and Account Information fields to create your new account.
    • Note: Remember your user name, and a temporary password will be emailed to you. Please be sure to enter a valid email address while creating your account.

Sign in with a New/Existing Online (PAL) Accounts:

  • Click the Log In link above.
  • Provide your New/Existing User Name.
  • Provide your Account’s Password.
  • Click the Sign In button to complete the login process.
    • Note: If you forgot your User Name or Password, please select the Forgot User Name or Password or Hint Answer? Button.

Submitting a FOIA/Appeal Request:

  • After logging in, click on either the Submit a FOIA Request or Submit a FOIA Appeal link above.
  • Fill in the General Information Section:
  • For FOIA Requests: Please fill in your request details, along with your preferred Delivery and Payment Mode. Submit the request.
  • For FOIA Appeals: When appealing a request previously submitted via PAL, use the FOIA Reference No. field to reference the request. If the prior FOIA request was not submitted via PAL, please provide the original request number within your Appeal letter.
    • Select your preferred delivery and payment mode.
    • Fill in the Description Section: Please provide a concise summary of the request in the Description box. Use the Add Attachment button to attach the full letter.
    • If the date range of records is known provide the Record(s) date range.
    • Fill in the Fee Information Section: Provide the Willing Amount in the field provided. If willing to pay all fees, check the Willing to Pay All Fees check box.
    • Submitting the Request: Click the Submit button at the bottom of the page to complete the form.

Note: A verification email will be sent out shortly to let you know that HHS has received your request successfully. The email will also provide you with your request number.             



Submitting to a HHS Operating Division

Each major organizational component in HHS has a FOIA Requester Service Center that processes relevant FOIA requests.

ACL- Administration for Community Living

ACF- Administration for Children and Families

AHRQ- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

CDC- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CMS- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

FDA- Food and Drug Administration

HRSA- Health Resources and Services Administration

IHS- Indian Health Service

NIH- National Institutes of Health

OIG- Office of Inspector General

PSC- Program Support Center

PHS- Public Health Service

SAMHSA - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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