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Freedom of Information (FOIL) Requests

The Department of Investigation is committed to a transparent, accountable government.
A Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request is a request to obtain records/documents from New York State or local government agencies. DOI proactively publishes the public findings of investigations on our reports page, so it may be useful to check before making a FOIL request. When available, the following information should be included in the request:
•    Relevant details
•    Time period to be searched
•    Type(s) of record(s) requested
Please remember, the more specific the FOIL request, the easier it will be for us to perform an expedient search and to locate responsive and relevant documentation.
Please note that FOIL requests are intended for obtaining records and are not suitable for comments or questions requiring a response.
General information regarding FOIL can be obtained from the NYS Committee on Open Government and relevant sections of the Public Officers Law are provided at

All FOIL requests should be submitted in writing:

If you are unable to submit your request through the online open records system, you may also submit your FOIL request application by mail to:
Records Access Officer
Department of Investigation
FOIL Unit – General Counsel
180 Maiden Lane
New York, NY 10038

For additional information on DOI's disclosure process, records access and records appeal, please see our disclosure and FOIL access/appeals page.