Eectronic Freedom of Information Act, E-FOIA


The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 addresses the issues and procedural aspects of FOIA administration. The amendment:

  • defines the term "record" as including "any information that would be an agency record subject to the requirements of the FOIA when maintained by an agency in any format, including an electronic format;
  • addresses the form or format in which a requested record is disclosed providing the record is readily reproducible by the agency in the requestor's desired form or format;
  • directs Federal agencies to maintain both conventional reading rooms and electronic reading rooms to meet FOIA responsibilities.

    Simply stated, DOE-ID will honor a requestor's form or format choice for a requested record assuming disclosure in that form or format is readily reproducible.

    The 1996 Amendment establishes a requirement for electronic availability of reading room records with on-line access in what can be regarded as "electronic reading rooms." The e-reading room will contain any records processed and disclosed in response to FOIA requests that have become or are likely to become the subject of frequent requests for the same records. Note:  records created prior to the 1996 cut-off date will not be subject to the electronic availability requirement. Click here to view the holdings of the Electronic Reading Room.




    DOE-ID FOIA Contact: Anna Christensen



    Last Updated 03/02/2023