The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), enacted in 1966 (5 U.S.C. § 552; implemented by DOE regulations at
10 C.F.R. §1004),
allows individuals to obtain documents in the possession and control of agencies within the Executive
Branch of the Federal Government. FOIA requests require Southwestern to conduct a search of existing documents
to determine whether any are responsive to the request. Southwestern is not required to create a document in
order to respond to a FOIA request or to answer questions posed under FOIA requests. FOIA and e-FOIA requests must:
Additionally, as much information as possible should be provided about the documents sought. Southwestern’s FOIA Officer will
contact you to narrow the scope of your request if it is considered too vague or burdensome to
process. Generally, any FOIA request that meets the basic requirements will be responded to within 20 working days.
To submit a FOIA request electronically, please use Department of Energy’s FOIA Request Form
Requesters who have submitted FOIA requests to Southwestern on or after December 31, 2008, may obtain additional information at our Electronic Reading Room
. You will need to know your FOIA request number to identify your request on the listing.
If you would like additional information related to your request please refer to the FOIA Requester Service Center
at this location. If you submitted your request to another component of DOE, or if you submitted a request to Southwestern and it has been transferred to another component of DOE to be processed, please contact the FOIA Requester Service Center at that location. Telephone numbers to FOIA Requester Service Centers are available at DOE's FOIA Requester Service Center
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a; implemented by DOE regulations at
10 C.F.R. §1008
allows individuals to learn how records containing personal information are collected, maintained, used, and disseminated by the Federal government.
It permits an individual to gain access to personal information maintained by an agency and to seek amendment of any incorrect or incomplete information.
It also provides certain safeguards for the protection of this information.
Privacy Act Requests must:
1) be in writing and signed by the individual requesting the information;
2) be identified as a "Privacy Act Request";
3) include the identification information required by
10 C.F.R. §1008.4
4) specify if possible the title and identifying number of the DOE system of records;
5) provide any additional information that will aid Southwestern in responding to the request; and
6) indicate if appropriate, the time, place, and form of access sought.
Additionally, requests should be as specific as possible. Generally, any Privacy Act request that
meets the basic requirements will be responded to within 10 to 20 working days.
FOIA/Privacy Act Officer
Southwestern Power Administration
One West Third Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103-3502