FOIA Reading Room

Welcome to the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) E-Reading Room.

The reading room contains links to documents specifically identified by the FOIA, including:

  • final opinions made in the adjudication of cases;
  • statements of policy and interpretations adopted by the agency;
  • staff manuals and instructions that affect the public;
  • records released in response to multiple FOIA requests, or likely to be requested again.

The FAS FOIA E-Reading room is in electronic form only. If you need assistance using this virtual “room,” please contact the FAS FOIA Officer via telephone at (202)720-0154, or send an email (preferred) to Also, please keep in mind that the E-Reading Room is a work in progress. If there is something you would like to see poste (included as a link,) send an email to let us know. We will make it a priority and see what we can do, perhaps with no formal FOIA request required.

For comprehensive information about FAS programs and activities, please visit the FAS website on the Internet at, and please feel free to communicate directly with the indicated contacts listed to see if the information you are looking for may already be readily available. If the records you seek are documents that would not ordinarily be published as a matter of routine, discussing the types of records be involved may help make processing your FOIA request less complicated, and less costly if a FOIA fee may be applicable.

FOIA Guidance and Resources

USDA FOIA Regulations

USDA FOIA Reference Guide

FAS FOIA Regulations


DOJ's Guide to the FOIA

Open Government Act 

President Obama Memorandum

Your Right to Federal Records

FAS Policy Manuals, Opinions, Reports and Directives

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 

Congressional Reports and Testimony

  • Reports to Congress
  • Testimony before Congress

Frequently Requested