All requests for OIG records not located on the OIG’s website site must be made in writing and can be submitted to the OIG Disclosure Officer via mail or can be submitted through the OIG’s Public Access Link (PAL) or by clicking Create a Request and searching Department of Labor and selecting Office of Inspector General on the https://www.foia.gov/ webpage.
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Room S-5506
Washington, DC 20210
Please include the following information in your request:
Email Address (if possible)
Detailed description of the records requested
The OIG does not require a special form in order to make a FOIA request. Your request should be as specific as possible with regard to names, dates, time frames, places, events, subjects, etc. If known, you should include any filed designations or descriptions of the records you want. You do not have to give a requested record's name or title, but the more specific you are the more likely it will be that the record you seek can be located.
A FOIA request can be made for any agency record. This does not mean, however, that the OIG will disclose every record sought. There are statutory exemptions that authorize the withholding of information of an appropriately sensitive nature. When the OIG withholds information, it ordinarily must specify which exemption of the FOIA permits the withholding. You should be aware that the FOIA does not require agencies to do research for you, to analyze data, to answer questions, or to create records in order to respond to a request.
In those cases when the disclosure officer cannot process your request due to the lack of necessary information, you will be contacted and additional information will be requested.
Privacy Act Information
Under certain circumstances, you may be entitled to receive more information under the Privacy Act of 1974 than under the FOIA. Under the FOIA, anyone can request any agency record. Privacy Act requests are more limited and can be made only by U.S. citizens or aliens lawfully admitted for permanent U.S. residence status, who are seeking information about themselves, which is maintained in a system of records retrievable by their names or other personal identifiers. Even if a request does not mention the Privacy Act, the OIG automatically treats requests as being made under both the FOIA and the Privacy Act whenever it is appropriate to do so.
In order to protect your privacy, when you make a written request for information about yourself you must provide either a notarized statement, a statement signed under penalty of perjury stating that you are the person you claim to be, or a signed statement along with a copy of identification, such as a driver’s license or work ID. You may fulfill this requirement by: (1) having your signature on your request letter witnessed by a notary, (2) pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 1746(2) including the following statement just before the signature on your request letter: "I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on [date]." Or (3) sending a copy of your ID. If you request information about yourself and do not comply with one of these methods, your request cannot be processed under the Privacy Act. This requirement helps to ensure that private information about you will not be disclosed to anyone else.
FOIA requests to the OIG may also be submitted via email to the DOL web address, FOIArequests@dol.gov.
For additional information, see the DOL FOIA website.
Agency Disclosure Officers for other components at the Department of Labor are available at the Department of Labor FOIA Home Page.