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Does the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cover contract-related requests?

Yes, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) covers contract-related requests. Prior to submitting your request, check to determine what information about the contract is already publicly available. If you decide to submit a FOIA request, please provide the award ID number or the name of the awardee so that we can quickly search for the record(s).

If you are a contractor who wants to request another contractor’s information to use in an upcoming bid/proposal, be aware that some pieces of contract records cannot be released under FOIA Exemption 3 (statutory exemption), Exemption 4 (trade secrets and confidential commercial information), or Exemption 5 (deliberative process privilege).

For more information, visit, the USGS FOIA Reading Room, or send an email to