FOIA Public Liaison


The role of the Commission’s FOIA Public Liaison is to:


  • assist in reducing delays,
  • increase transparency and understanding of the status of requests, and
  • assist in the resolution of disputes. 


In particular, the FOIA mandates that the FOIA Public Liaison be available to assist in addressing requests presenting “unusual circumstances,” when the requester is provided an opportunity to limit the scope of the request or to arrange an alternative time for processing.


Once a request is processed and the requester receives the agency’s response, the requester has the right to seek assistance from the FOIA Public Liaison.


The Commission’s FOIA Public Liaison’s contact is:


Michael Cole

FOIA Public Liaison


Additionally, you may contact the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) at for further assistance. OGIS provides dispute resolution services to FOIA requesters and Federal agencies.