Skip to main content
United States flag An official website of the United States government
Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.
Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

FOIA Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

How can I get records from NCUA?

You can make a request under the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA.

FOIA is a federal law that provides any person a right of access to many federal agency records.

This right is enforceable in a court of law; however, NCUA is authorized to withhold certain kinds of records that are exempt.

Close and return to top

Do I need to file a written FOIA request to receive general information about NCUA?

No. You can find a great deal of information about NCUA on the World Wide Web at

Records that are publicly available such as press releases, speeches, and some staff manuals can also be obtained from the NCUA Office of External Affairs and Communications (OEAC) or the NCUA Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO).

OEAC is responsible for maintaining NCUA’s relationship with the public and the media. For more information, call 703.518.6330. OCFO is responsible for, among other things, the sale and distribution of NCUA’s publications. An order form for publications is available on our web site or you may call 703.518.6340 for more information.

Close and return to top

What kind of records can I request from the NCUA under the FOIA?

You may obtain any non-exempt agency record.

For example:

  • Report of Officials – Persons who have agreed to serve the credit union’s membership
  • Procurement Contracts – With whom NCUA is doing business
Close and return to top

What records are available for viewing without filing a request and where do I go?

There are many records accessible through the NCUA website.

On, you may view and copy such records as:

  • Interpretive Rulings and Policy Statements
  • Administrative Orders
  • General Counsel Opinion Letters
  • Comment Letters on Proposed NCUA Regulations
  • Proposed NCUA Rules and Regulations
  • Manuals and Guides
Close and return to top

What NCUA rules and regulations govern FOIA activities?

Part 792, Subpart A of the NCUA Rules and Regulations. (12 CFR 792)

Close and return to top

How do I get a copy of NCUA’s FOIA Regulation?

You can download a copy from our website, call us at 703.518.6540, make a written request to the Office of General Counsel,, or stop by our reading room, 6070B.

Close and return to top

Can I get a copy of the NCUA FOIA Annual Report?

Yes, from our website, or you may request a copy from the Office of General Counsel,

Close and return to top

Must I use a special form to file an FOIA request?

No form is required. Simply send us a written request stating that you are seeking records under the FOIA and give us a detailed description of the records being sought, your willingness to pay applicable fees as described in §792.19-792-26 of our regulations and include your name, address and telephone number.

See §792.08 for more information about making a FOIA request.

Close and return to top

Where do I send my written request?

You may send your written request to the NCUA Office of General Counsel, Attn: FOIA Officer, via e-mail to

Requests for audit and investigative records should be addressed to the NCUA Office of Inspector General to

Close and return to top

Is there a fee for filing a FOIA request?

The law permits agencies to recover some of the costs of processing a FOIA request. See §§ 792.19-792.26 of our regulation for more information.

NCUA’s fee schedule is available on our web site.

Close and return to top

How long will it take NCUA to respond to my request?

We usually respond within 20 business days if the record is reasonably described.

You can also request an expedited response if you have a compelling need. See §792.18 for more information. 

Close and return to top

What kinds of records can NCUA withhold from me?

Generally, credit union examination records; records which if released, would cause an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy; confidential proprietary business information, internal communications regarding proposed NCUA policies; and law enforcement investigative records.

Close and return to top

How will I know what records NCUA has withheld from me?

NCUA’s written response will identify what records have been withheld and the FOIA exemptions that were applied.

Close and return to top

What happens if NCUA does not have the records I want?

You will be notified in writing. If the records are located at another federal agency, we will advise you.

Close and return to top

How do I reach the FOIA office or the person who is handling my request?

You may contact the NCUA FOIA officer in the Office of General Counsel at 703.518.6540, or the NCUA Inspector General in the Office of Inspector General at 703.518.6350.

Close and return to top
Last modified on