Privacy Act Requests

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This Page is intended to inform you about Privacy Act / Freedom of Infromation Act (FIOA) information requests. In USAID, Privacy Act and FIOA requests are processed the same way. This is covered in ADS 508.3.8.1 Individual Participation and Redress. This section addresses the policy requirements for Individual Participation and Redress. Participation includes consent and access to PII by the subject individual, and redress includes amendment of the PII and disseminating PII corrections to external partners with whom USAID shares the PII.

You can follow the Following link to subit a Privacy Act / FOIA request:


The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except such records (or portions of them) protected from public disclosure.

The Privacy Act guarantees an individual three primary rights: (1) To see records about oneself, subject to the Privacy Act’s exemptions; (2) To amend a nonexempt record if it is inaccurate, irrelevant, untimely, or incomplete; and (3) To sue the federal government for violations of the Privacy Act, such as permitting unauthorized persons to read an individual’s records.

The Privacy Act provides individuals with a means to seek access to and amendment of their records, but the Privacy Act pertains only to records about individuals (U.S. citizens and lawfully admitted permanent resident aliens). The FOIA, on the other hand, covers virtually all records in the possession and control of federal executive branch agencies. If the records sought are about an individual, that individual can request them under both FOIA and the Privacy Act.

The Bureau for Management, Office of Management Services, Information and Records Division (M/MS/IRD) is responsible for managing and responding to FOIA requests and Privacy Act access and amendment requests. M/MS/IRD is also responsible for managing correction dissemination and disclosure accounting functions, per the Privacy Act and 22 CFR 215, Regulations for Implementation of Privacy Act of 1974. For more information on FOIA issues and requests, see FOIA requests and ADS 507, Freedom of Information Act.

USAID does not extend the protections of the Privacy Act to those persons not defined as "individuals" by the Privacy Act. However, when non-Privacy Act individuals' PII is contained within a mixed system, USAID provides technical and protections to that data that do not conflict with the Executive Order of January 25, 2017, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements.