Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552, as amended, established that records in the possession of Federal agencies are accessible to the public unless they meet one or more of the nine exemptions under FOIA or the Privacy Act of 1974 (as amended), and other authorities.

Notice pursuant to 43 CFR § 2.27

The Department is soliciting views from submitters on whether certain records are confidential information under the FOIA, 5 USC § 552(b)(4). These records are related to:

  1. amounts of refunds paid to companies with Deepwater Royalty Relief Act leases and
  2. a list of companies that agreed independently to accept price thresholds on eligible DWRRA lease
This relates to a November 3, 2015 FOIA request from Friends of the Earth

Details on how to respond are included in this letter.
Copy of the FOIA request
Companies with DWRRA leases can contact Office of the Secretary to review records subject to possible release.
OS will presume that you do not object to their disclosure if no response by 3/4/16. OS will release without redaction these records for companies that do not respond.


The Department is soliciting views from submitters on whether certain records are confidential information under the FOIA, 5 USC § 552(b)(4). These records are related to:

  1. Sales volume data for all federal coal mined in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 by company, excluding royalty data.
  2. Time period of January 1, 2009 to the current date.
This relates to a December 17, 2015 FOIA request from Greenpeace.

Details on how to respond are included in this letter.
Copy of the FOIA request
Companies with federal coal leases can contact Office of the Secretary to review records subject to possible release.
OS will presume that you do not object to their disclosure if no response by 3/11/16.

Office of the Secretary FOIA:
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW, MS-7328, Washington, D.C. 20240
Phone: 202-513-0765
Fax: 202-219-2374
Email: os_foia@ios.doi.gov

Prior to submitting a FOIA Request

The information you seek may already be available at these locations:

Request Procedures at:

Office of Secretary FOIA web page