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Freedom of Information Act

FOIA Overview


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, OJP’s FOIA Office has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission as effectively and efficiently as possible while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of our staff.  As a result, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your FOIA request.  We will be able to acknowledge requests made electronically more quickly than by mail.  You may reach out to our FOIA Requester Service Center and FOIA Public Liaison if you have any questions about your request.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


Office of Justice Programs processes Freedom of Information Act requests only for OJP.  Please refer to the Department of Justice (DOJ) FOIA website for the appropriate DOJ component(s) that may maintain the type of documents you are seeking.

Information Required to Make a FOIA Request

There are no special forms required.  However, for requesting first party records see:  What are the requirements to get records on myself?

To make a FOIA request for:
OJP records –

Component Information

OJP provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America and providing grants for the implementation of these crime-fighting strategies.  OJP works in partnership with the justice community to identify the most pressing crime-related challenges confronting the justice system and provide information, training, coordination and innovative strategies and approaches for addressing these challenges.  For more information on each OJP program office, please follow the links listed below:

In addition, OJP maintains compliance information related to grants in the following offices:

OJP Library

  • The OJP Library includes some frequently requested records, major information systems and staff manuals created by OJP on or after November 1, 1996.

OJP FOIA Contact

  • Monica Potter-Johnson
    Office of Justice Programs
    Office of the General Counsel
    Attention:  FOIA Staff
    810 7th Street, NW
    Room 5400
    Washington, DC 20531
    Email:  [email protected]
  • FOIA Requester Service Center:  202-307-6235
    FOIA Public Liaison:  Chandria Slaughter, 202-307-6235

DOJ Guide to the FOIA

DOJ Guide to the Freedom of Information Act:  A comprehensive guide to the FOIA that serves as a handbook for obtaining information from the Department of Justice, including OJP.

Other reference materials:

Privacy Impact Assessments

    Date Created: February 3, 2020