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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

This page is intended to facilitate your efforts to obtain public information about the Administration for Community Living and its programs. We will continue to provide updated program information as more electronic information becomes available.

Please read before you submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Please Note: Agencies are not required to answer questions posed as FOIA requests, nor are they required to respond to requests by creating records.

The FOIA allows you to access information from the federal government. ACL, like all federal agencies, must disclose information under the FOIA, unless it falls under one of nine exemptions.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the HHS Freedom of Information Regulations (45 CFR Part 5), It is the policy of the ACL FOIA Office to respond to all written or electronically submitted requests for records that exist at the time that the request is made.

How to Make a FOIA Request

Before making a request, first search the ACL site to see if the information is already publicly available.

You have the option to submit a FOIA Request by mail, or email. Requests submitted by email will be received by the FOIA officer most quickly.

Please provide a clear, concise description of the records/documents you are seeking. The more information you provide, the greater the likelihood of finding the records you are seeking.

What Should be Included in your Request?

The following will also help us find the records:

  • Subject, title, and/or likely location of those records;
  • Approximate date(s) when the records/documents were created;
  • Offices or individual involved; and
  • Author, recipient, or other reference number, if available.

Be sure your request includes:

  • Your name, phone number, full mailing address, and email address.
  • This information allows us to reach you faster if we have any questions about your request.
  • State your willingness to pay fees, and/or the maximum amount of fees you are willing to pay.
  • Include “FOIA Request”, if sent by mail, on both the envelope and on the letter.

Providing the request in writing (online/mail) assures that all the rights provided by the FOIA and regulations are protected (for example, the right to administratively appeal any denials we may make and the right to have our decisions reviewed in federal court).

Your request should include all the details possible in order to help us identify and locate the records you want. In addition to having the potential to be very costly in terms of fees, “all the records you have on …” types of requests tend to require a great deal of search time, even if few or no records are found on the subject you are interested in. If you are not sure how to write your request or what details to include, contact the Freedom of Information Officer.

Only Freedom of Information Officers have the authority to release or deny records or to waive or reduce fees. 

Where to Submit your FOIA Request

We recommend that all requesters submit FOIA requests through email.

Alternatively, written FOIA requests may be sent to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Administration for Community Living
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201

Agency Contact

Jennifer Klocinski
Freedom of Information Officer/FOIA Public Liaison
Administration for Community Living
330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201

Electronic Reading Room

Policy Statements

Other Resources

Frequently Requested Records

  • None to date

ACL FOIA Reports

All ACL reports are incorporated into HHS Reports from FY 2013 on.

Last modified on 04/01/2023

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