Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act (PDF) (FOIA) was enacted by Congress in 1966 to give the American public greater access to the federal government’s records. This law gives any person the right to obtain any federal agency records, or portions of them, that are not protected from disclosure by any of the nine FOIA exemptions.
For instructions on how to obtain documents from FCA, go to Submitting a FOIA request. (For more detailed guidance on submitting FOIA requests to FCA, see the FCA handbook Obtaining Information under the Freedom of Information Act (PDF).
The Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 expanded the scope of the FOIA to include electronic records. These amendments also required federal agencies to create an online index of records that have been disclosed in response to FOIA requests or that are likely to become the subject of requests. For a list of FCA documents that fit this description, click the FOIA reading room panel below.
FCA’s FOIA program is administered by Jane Virga, Chief FOIA Officer, 703-883-4071, [email protected].
FOIA annual reports are available for the following years.
- 2018 (PDF | Machine Readable | Excel)
- 2017 (PDF | Machine Readable | Excel)
- 2016 (PDF | Machine Readable | Excel)
- 2015 (PDF | Machine Readable)
- 2014 (PDF | Machine Readable)
- 2013 (PDF | Machine Readable)
- 2012 (PDF | Machine Readable)
- 2011 (PDF | Machine Readable)
- 2010 (PDF | Machine Readable)
- 2009 (PDF | Machine Readable)
- 2008 (PDF)
- 2007 (PDF)
- 2006 (PDF)
- 2005 (PDF)
- 2004 (PDF)
- 2003 (PDF)
- 2002 (PDF)
- 2001 (PDF)
- 2000 (PDF)
You need not submit a FOIA request to access many FCA documents. Following is an index of documents available electronically to the public. (You may also view these documents in Room 4401 of the Farm Credit Building, located at 1501 Farm Credit Drive in McLean, Virginia.)
- FCA Handbook: Contains statutes, regulations, and Board policies (set fee charged)
- FCA Examination Manual
- FCA informational memorandums
- Frequently asked questions
- Frequently requested documents
- FCA board policy statements
- Policies and procedures created after 11/1/96 that affect a member of the public (none at this time)
- Final opinions (none at this time)
For more FCA documents available in electronic form, go to Reports and publications.
The agency's chief FOIA officer certifies that FCA's conventional and electronic FOIA reading rooms are in compliance with FOIA requirements. See FOIA Reading Room Certification (PDF).
On December 14, 2005, President George W. Bush issued executive order 13,392, titled Improving Agency Disclosure of Information. The purpose of this order is to strengthen the compliance of federal agencies with the FOIA.
One of the tasks required by the order is for each agency to conduct a review of the agency’s FOIA operations and draft a plan for improvement with concrete milestones for fiscal years 2006 and 2007.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued memorandum M-06-04 on Dec. 30, 2005, to provide further clarification and direction. According to this memo, by June 14, 2006, each agency was required to send a report containing a summary of the review and the agency’s FOIA improvement plan to the Department of Justice, with a copy to OMB, and to post it to the agency’s website.
To view the 12-page report prepared by FCA’s chief FOIA officer, go to FCA Improvement Plan (PDF).
This page contains a listing of FCA documents that meet the criteria listed under 5 U.S.C. §552(a)(2)(D). Among other things, this provision requires agencies to post records that have been requested three or more times by members of the public.