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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Welcome to the Surface Transportation Board’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) webpage.  This webpage is designed to provide you with information necessary for you to make a request for agency records under FOIA.

About FOIA

FOIA is a Federal law that gives you the right to access records of the Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board), unless:

  • the release of the information in those records would harm an interest protected by one or more of the nine FOIA exemptions (such as alternative dispute resolution, commercially sensitive information, personal privacy, investigative documents, etc.); or
  • release is prohibited by law.

Our responsibility is to provide you with copies of the documents, or portions of documents, you are entitled to receive under the law, and we look forward to working with you to achieve that goal.

Making a FOIA Request


FOIA Requests

Freedom of Information Act Requests must be in writing, and sent to:

Christopher Oehrle
FOIA/Privacy Act Officer
Surface Transportation Board
395 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20423-0001
Phone (202) 245-0271
Fax (202) 245-0456

Requester Service Center

For information about the status of your FOIA request, call (202) 245-0271 or e-mail FOIA.Privacy@stb.gov.

FOIA Public Liaison

To raise concerns about the service received from the Requester Service Center, call the FOIA Liaison at (202) 245-0264 or e-mail Craig.Keats@stb.gov.

Reading Room

Links to various publicly available records are available at the top of this page under the following menus:

  • Reports and Data” (economic data, rail service data, economic reports and studies)
  • “Resources > Legal Resources (links to relevant statutes, regulations, and legislation)
  • News & Communications” (press releases, speeches, testimony, and hearing/meeting transcripts)
  • About STB” (organizational chart, annual reports, budget requests, and administrative issuances).

FOIA Reports

STB Chief FOIA Officer Reports

STB Annual FOIA Reports

Other FOIA Resources

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