FOIA Exemptions

The National Transportation Safety Board embraces administration policy and applies a presumption of openness in responding to FOIA requests. The NTSB has also taken steps over the past two years to make discretionary releases of record as evidenced by the number of dockets posted to the public website.

However, certain records retained by the NTSB may fall under exemptions of the FOIA. The NTSB will deny requests, either in whole or in part, if the request seeks information that falls within one of the exemptions of the FOIA. The NTSB may deny a request based on the following exemptions:

Filing a FOIA Appeal

Requesters who receive a denial from the NTSB in response to a FOIA request, based on one of the FOIA's exemptions, may appeal the denial. Appeals must be in writing, and should be clearly labeled as an appeal to a denied FOIA request. The appeal should include:

If a requester believes that additional records exist, their appeal must specify why they think such records exist and, if possible, where they believe such records might be located. Appeals should be addressed to the NTSB's Managing Director:

National Transportation Safety Board
Attn: Managing Director
490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, D.C. 20594

Finally, if a requester believes that the Managing Director's conclusion regarding their appeal is legally insufficient, the FOIA provides that the requester may challenge the NTSB's response in federal court. The Managing Director's letter in response to such appeals will inform the requester of this right.

NTSB FOIA Contacts

Chief FOIA Officer: Robert Scherer
Director, Office of the Chief Information Officer

The Chief FOIA Officer is a senior official who oversees the NTSB's FOIA program.

FOIA Public Liaison: Melba D. Moye
Chief, Records Management Division, (202) 314-6540

The FOIA Public Liaison serves as the supervisory official to whom a FOIA requester can raise concerns about the service the FOIA requester has received from the FOIA Requester Service Center, following an initial response from the Service Center staff.

FOIA Requester Service Center for the NTSB: (202) 314-6540 or (800) 877-6799 The FOIA Requester Service Center specialists assist FOIA requesters seeking information concerning their FOIA requests or the agency's FOIA response.