FOIA Regulations and Guidelines for Requesters and Officers (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

Beryl Lipton filed this request with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the United States of America.
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From: Beryl Lipton

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

• The manual that this FOIA office uses to process FOIA requests, or, if no manual exists, other guiding documentation/protocols for processing Freedom of Information Requests.

• All guides to agency Freedom of Information Act request regulations (For reference, see the Department of Justice's Guidance on FOIA Regulations [­guidance/guidance­agency­foia­regulations] and the associated template [­agency­foia­regulations])

• All guidelines and regulations regarding the submission and processing of appeals, including but not limited to:
- ­ The appropriate person or position to whom an appeal should be submitted
­ - The appropriate address to which an appeal should be submitted
­ - Any appropriate fax numbers and email addresses available for the submission of appeals ­ All guidelines regarding the processing time and procedures for appeals
­- All rights related to the submission of appeals, including those related to appeal rights for constructive denial

If any responses include direction to an online location or similarly publicly-available material, please provide direct links or file downloads.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Beryl Lipton

From: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

A copy of documents responsive to the request.

From: Hudson, Sharon - SOL

Dear Beryl Lipton,

This message is in response to FOIA request number 804762 in which you are seeking guidelines and regulations regarding processing appeals. Please note that the Department of Labor has made the records you are seeking publicly available by accessing the following websites:<>

For your information, you may file an administrative appeal with the Solicitor of Labor for any of the following reasons: a) if records responsive to your request are withheld, b) if you believe that there are records responsive to your request in addition to those records produced by the agency, c) if your request has not been processed within the time limits set forth in the FOIA, or d) if your request for expedited processing or a fee waiver is denied. You have ninety (90) days from the date of the denial to file your appeal. Your appeal must be in writing and submitted to:
Solicitor of Labor, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room N-2420, Washington, D.C. 20210, Attn: Freedom of Information Act Appeal. You may also submit your appeal electronically at<>

There is no specific form or particular language needed to file an administrative appeal. Your appeal should include the initial request number assigned to your request, copies of your initial request and the response from the disclosure officer. Your letter should explain the reasons for your appeal. For example, if you are appealing because you believe there are additional records that have not been located, you should specify why you think such records exist and, if possible, where you believe they might be located.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Sharon Hudson

DOL FOIA Liaison

Office of the Solicitor/Office of Information Services