The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that enables members of the public to request records from federal agencies.
This pages provides an overview of how to find public documents and make a request for ASC records under FOIA.
Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 5 USC § 552, has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.
FOIA is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. The definition of ASC’s publicly available FOIA records is in ASC’s Regulations, specifically 12 CFR Part 1102, Subpart D §1102.305.
ASC also is required to follow information practices outlined in the Privacy Act of 1974, which governs the collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of information about individuals that is maintained in systems of records by federal agencies. The Privacy Act prohibits the disclosure of a record about an individual from a system of records absent the written consent of the individual unless the disclosure is pursuant to one of twelve statutory exceptions. The Act also provides individuals with a means by which to seek access to and amendment of their records and sets forth various agency record-keeping requirements.