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FOIA Guidelines

Below we provide information on how NeighborWorks America operates and details on making a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Overview of NeighborWorks America

Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (doing business as NeighborWorks America) is a national nonprofit organization created by Congress in 1978 to provide financial support, technical assistance and training for community-based revitalization efforts.  
Services provided
The NeighborWorks network
Related corporations

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Freedom of Information Act
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President Lyndon Johnson signed FOIA into law on July 4, 1966. Since then, Congress has amended it three times: 1974, 1986 and 1996. The legislation refers to coverage of federal agencies, but also applies to NeighborWorks America. When Congress chartered NeighborWorks America in 1978, it specifically declared that “the Corporation shall be subject to the provisions of section 552 of title 5, United States Code 42 USC §8103(h)."
FOIA exists to empower the public with information and to encourage transparency in government. As a responsible steward of appropriated federal dollars, NeighborWorks America is committed to fulfilling its responsibilities under FOIA.

NeighborWorks America provides information in three different ways:
Federal Register
Virtual reading room
FOIA document requests

FOIA document request

A FOIA document request allows members of the public to request records that are not already available on the NeighborWorks America website or in our virtual reading room.  The presumption is that NeighborWorks America will produce any and all documents related to an FOIA request that can be located with reasonable time and effort.  However, FOIA provides exemptions for certain protected material; if any of these apply to a requested record, it will be withheld. 
How to make an FOIA request
Receipt of request
Request denial, in whole or in part
Appeals process
FOIA Guidelines
Reading Room

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