Freedom of Information Act
A Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request may be made for any public record. This does not mean, however, that DCHFA will disclose every record sought. Statutory exemptions authorize the withholding of certain public records. When DCHFA does withhold records or portions of records, it will specify which exemption of the FOIA permits the withholding. FOIA does not require DCHFA to do research, to analyze data, to answer written questions, or to create records in order to respond to a request. FOIA only requires DCHFA to make a reasonable effort to locate already existing records.
How to Make a Request
A FOIA request may be submitted online via the DCHFA FOIA Portal. Requests may also be submitted by mail, fax, or email. If submitting your request by mail, fax, or email, please mark the outside of the envelope or the subject line of the fax or email: “Freedom of Information Act Request” or “FOIA Request.” Please include a daytime telephone number, email address or mailing address in your request letter so that the FOIA Officer may contact you if necessary.
Describe the record(s) you are seeking as clearly and precisely as possible. In your description, please be as specific as possible with regard to names, dates, places, events, subjects, and other pertinent details that will help the public body to identify the records. The more specific you are about the records you are seeking, the more likely that DCHFA will be able to locate those records. If your request is vague or too broad, we may ask you to be more specific, and this may delay the processing of your request.