Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Welcome to the FOIA and Privacy Act web pages for the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).  In keeping with our commitment to transparency, we have designed these pages to provide you with the information you need to access publicly available information.

Email is the most efficient way to reach us regarding FOIA and Privacy Act issues.

For FOIA matters contact

For Privacy Act matters contact

What is the Freedom of Information Act?

To ensure that people are informed about the workings of government, the Freedom of Information Act or FOIA (5 U.S.C. § 552) provides the public with a right of access to federal agency records except to the extent those records are protected from disclosure under particular FOIA exemptions or exceptions.

For information on USTR’s FOIA program, click here.

What is the Privacy Act?

The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a) establishes a code of fair information practices that governs the collection, maintenance, use and dissemination of personally identifiable information about individuals that is maintained in systems of records by federal agencies. A system of records is a group of records under the control of an agency from which information is retrieved by the name of the individual or by some identifier assigned to the individual.

For information on USTR’s Privacy Act Program, click here.