Almost every federal agency keeps a FOIA log that tracks Freedom of Information Act requests made by law firms, businesses, researchers and journalists. Many state and local agencies keep similar logs for requests filed under the respective state laws.
We’ve gathered, standardized and organized as many of these logs as we could get to make it easier for you to jumpstart your records process. Note that not all logs keep the same exact fields, so some entries will have more detail than others. Also, the way the request’s current status is indicated varies significantly, so we’ve standardized this information as best we can, but the same term might mean different things depending on the information the agency releases. You can explore hundreds of raw FOIA logs here to get a sense of how messy the data can be.
FOIA and public records logs generally detail what the user requested. You can use this to generate more concrete language for your own requests, particularly if you see a previous request was successful. You can also just request a copy of the responsive records to a given request and ask for the same materials released to the prior requester. To do so, just click “Request a Copy” and we’ll pre-fill out a request you can review and submit with just two clicks.