FOIA Appeals

You may submit an appeal of HUDā€™s response to your FOIA request via email to HUDFOIAappeals@hud.gov or in writing (by mail, facsimile, messenger, or delivery service). The HUD response will provide instructions and a specific address to submit a written FOIA appeal of the decision.

If you submit your appeal via mail, your FOIA appeal must be postmarked within 90 calendar days of the date of HUD response to your FOIA request.

If you submit your appeal via email or other means (ie, facsimile, messenger, or delivery service), it must be received in the appropriate office by the close of business on the 90th calendar day after the date of HUDā€™s response to your FOIA request.

When submitting an appeal of a denial of your request for information, your appeal must contain the following information:

(1) A copy of your original request;

(2) A copy of the written denial of your request; and

(3) Your statement of the facts and legal arguments supporting disclosure.

When submitting an appeal for a denial of a fee waiver, the appeal must contain the following information:

(1) The address of the office that made the fee determination from which you are appealing;

(2) The fee that office charged;

(3) The fee, if any, you believe should have been charged;

(4) The reason(s) you believe that your fee should be lower than the fee charged or should have been waived; and

(5) A copy of the initial fee determination and copies of any correspondence concerning the fee.

When submitting an appeal for a denial of expedited processing, the appeal must contain the following information:

(1) A copy of your original request;

(2) A copy of the written denial of your request; and

(3) Your statement of the facts and legal arguments supporting expedited processing.

HUD will decide your appeal of a denial of expedited processing within 10 business days after its receipt. For any other type of appeal, HUD will decide your appeal within 20 business days after its receipt. HUD may have an additional 10 business days to make a decision if unusual circumstances require.

For more information regarding HUDā€™s FOIA Appeal process, visit 24 CFR 25.109-110.