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Welcome to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Freedom of Information Act Public Access Website

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a decentralized system for processing FOIA requests, and each Administration (Veterans Benefits Administration, Veterans Health Administration, and National Cemetery Administration) and Staff Office maintains and handles FOIA requests for its own records. The type of information or records you are seeking will determine the location to which your request should be submitted.  Accordingly, you need to direct your letter to the Administration or Staff Office you believe have records pertaining to the subject of your request. Additional information regarding the Department's administration of the FOIA, including a listing of Department of Veterans Affairs Administrations and Staff Offices, the types of records each maintains, and their FOIA contact information, is available at  FOIA Requests - Freedom Of Information Act FOIA (  Our Agency ensures the release of information to the fullest extent under the law.

Submit or Check the Status of a FOIA or Privacy Act Request Online

Register to create an online account or Sign-In to your existing account, to submit a FOIA or Privacy Act request. As you navigate the request submission steps please follow all prompts, look for red system warnings, and make sure that all required fields are completed. The ability to check the status details of a request, send a message to the assigned specialist, or retrieve records delivered electronically becomes available once signed in.   

Search FOIA

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted in 1966 to allow individual citizens to request access to government records. Many documents concerning the activities of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is available in the FOIA Library without a Freedom of Information Act request. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or issues concerning the submission of a request.

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