A person whose initial FOIA request for documents has been denied, either in part or in whole, or who has received a no records response, or whose request for a fee waiver has been denied, has the right to appeal the denial to the RMA administrator within 90 days after receipt of notification of the denial.

Your appeal must be postmarked or electronically transmitted within 90 days from the date of the denial letter. The term "FOIA APPEAL" should appear on the letter and the outside of the envelope and should be addressed as follows:

RMA Administrator
Risk Management Agency
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Room 6092-S
AG Stop 0801
Washington, D.C. 20250-080
Email FOIA@rma.usda.gov

According to Title 7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Subtitle A, 1.14 appeals, all final appeal responses require review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture office of the General Counsel (OGC) for legal sufficiency. As soon as the OGC has completed its review, we will forward the final response to you.

Sample Appeal Letter (PDF)