Routine Uses

Because FOIA case files generally include records protected by the Privacy Act, agencies must notify the public that OGIS can access these files before they share them with OGIS. Agencies do this by publishing a Privacy Act Systems of Records Notice (SORN) in the Federal Register.

The following agencies have published SORNs. If you are requesting assistance with a FOIA dispute concerning these agencies, you DO NOT need to provide OGIS with a privacy consent statement before we can reach out to the agency to discuss your case.

  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
  • Department of Agriculture Office of the Inspector General (all other requests for assistance with the Department of Agriculture must include a privacy consent statement)
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development 
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of the Treasury
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Housing Finance Agency
  • Federal Labor Relations Authority
  • Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
  • General Services Administration
  • Merit Systems Board
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • National Science Foundation
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Office of Special Counsel
  • Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
  • Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
  • Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Small Business Administration
  • Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • U.S. Trade Representative - effective February 6, 2017