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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests - CFO

It is the policy of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer to make existing agency records available to the public that are discolsable and not subject to exemption under District and federal law. Please note that FOIA does not require the agency to provide documents already made publicly available through other means.

The FOIA Officer is the principal contact point within CFO for advice and policy guidance on matters pertaining to the administration of the FOIA. The FOIA Officer may require that an oral request be reduced to writing. Submit your request by using our online FOIA Request Form.


LaVerne Lee
FOIA Officer
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20004
Phone: (202) 727-9528
Fax: (202) 724-4217

There is no fee to submit a FOIA request. However, you may be charged fees for searching, reviewing, and reproducing records. Please be aware that you may have to pay search and/or review fees even if the search does not locate any responsive records or if records are located but are withheld as exempt. See DC Official Code § 2-532 and 1 DCMR § 408.The OCFO may charge the following fees:

FOIA Fees:

  1. Searching for records: $16.00 to $40.00 per hour based on the pay grade of the personnel who performs the search and with the first hour free of charge.
  2. Charges for initial review of documents: $16.00 to $40.00 per hour based on the pay grade of the personnel who performs the review and with the first hour free
  3. Photocopies: $0.25 per page
  4. Document certification: $1.00 per document to certify a document as true copy of an agency record
  5. The direct cost of any service or material for which no fee has been established

Right to Appeal

Under D.C. Official Code § 2-537 and D.C. Mun. Regs. tit.1, § 412, you have the right to appeal to the Mayor or to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. If you elect to appeal to the Mayor, your appeal must be in writing and contain “Freedom of Information Act Appeal” or “FOIA Appeal” in the subject line of the letter as well as on the outside of the envelope. The appeal must include (1) a copy of the original request; (2) a copy of any written denial; (3) a statement of the circumstances, reasons, and/or arguments advanced in support of disclosure; and (4) a daytime telephone number, and e-mail and/or U.S. Mail address at which you can be reached. The appeal must be mailed to:

Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel
FOIA Appeal
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 407
Washington, DC 20004

Electronic versions of the same information can instead be e-mailed to [email protected]. Further, a copy of all appeal materials must be forward to:

LaVerne Lee, FOIA Officer
Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Office of the General Counsel
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 200
Washington, DC 20004

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