Like all federal agencies, TVA is required under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to disclose records that any person requests in writing. Information that is covered by any of the exemptions and exclusions below, however, may be withheld.
One central office at TVA processes all FOIA requests. It is the requester’s responsibility to ensure that a FOIA request is sent to the proper person by following the process below.
Before you submit a FOIA request, please prepare the following information. This will help us decide where to search to determine what records pertain to your request. It can also save you and the government time and money, and you may get what you want faster.
Note: A FOIA request may seek only records that exist at the time the request is received, and may not require that new records be created in response to the request.
Please use our FOIA portal to submit a new request. On the portal, you can also check the status of an existing FOIA request. Note: Check your spam/junk email folder for reply communications from AINS, TVA’s authorized FOIA case management vendor.
The FOIA provides access to federal-agency records (or parts of such records), except those protected from release by nine specific exemptions. Some TVA records may not be released because they contain:
Congress excluded three discrete categories of law enforcement and national security records from the requirements of FOIA. (See 5 U.S.C. § 552(c) (2006 & Supp. IV 2010). The three exclusions are:
Agencies are authorized by law to recover the direct costs of providing information to a requester under the FOIA. If you make such a request, you may be required to pay fees for searching, reviewing and copying records. You will be notified in advance if these fees will exceed $25.
For fee purposes, the FOIA requires that requesters be placed in one of the following categories:
Please specify the fee category into which you feel your request falls, and state the maximum amount of fees that you are willing to pay, or include a request for a fee waiver.
The FOIA permits agencies to waive fees if disclosure of the records requested is in the public interest for both of the following reasons:
A request for a fee waiver must be fully documented and justified by written explanation. The U.S. Department of Justice, which oversees FOIA compliance throughout the federal government, sets out a six-part test for agencies to follow in evaluating requests for fee waivers.
Normally, you can expect a response to your FOIA request within 20 workdays from the date the request is received. If a special situation exists, the FOIA office will contact you with an estimated completion date and will explain the reason(s) for any delay. In fairness to all our requesters, the FOIA requests which cannot be answered within 20 workdays are placed in the multi-track system in accordance with TVA’s FOIA regulations, 18 C.F.R. § 1301.5, and are generally answered in the order they are received within each track
Please use our FOIA portal to check the status of an existing FOIA request. Note: Check your spam/junk email folder for reply communications from AINS, TVA’s authorized FOIA case management vendor.
If your FOIA request was denied, you have the right to appeal this decision within 90 days. Send an appeal to TVA’s Appeals Official.
Under the Privacy Act (PA), a person may seek access to records that are retrieved by that person’s name or other personal identifier, such as Social Security number or employee identification number. Such records will be made available unless they fall within the exemptions of the PA and the FOIA. Detailed information about TVA policies and procedures for obtaining access to information under the FOIA and the PA is available in 18 CFR Part 1301.
FOIA Requester Service Center – FOIA contacts at TVA
TVA Guide – A variety of TVA sources for quarterly and annual reports, bond offerings, energy services, reservoir levels, library services, mapping products and services, general inquiries and more
Reading Room – Includes TVA policy statements, administrative staff manuals and instructions to staff that affect the public, final opinions rendered in the adjudication of administrative cases, and documents frequently requested under the FOIA
Reports – Includes annual, quarterly and other reports
TVA welcomes any feedback you may have regarding the FOIA requester service center. Please forward any comments to the FOIA Public Liaison.