The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and a Guide to Accessing FinCEN Information

What is FOIA?

FOIA, which refers to the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 and was enacted in 1966, provides individuals with a right to request access to records or information in the possession of the federal government.

The United States government requires all agencies to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them, except for records that may be withheld pursuant to the nine exemptions and three exclusions contained in the Act. Access to records held by state or local government agencies, or by private businesses or individuals are not subject to the federal FOIA. Because all states have their own statutes governing public access to state and local records, state agencies should be consulted for further information about them. 

What records does FinCEN maintain?

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network maintains records that primarily pertain to its practices, operations as a network, and means of bringing people and information together to fight the complex problem of money laundering and terrorist financing.

FinCEN makes certain of its records available without requiring a FOIA request, including News Releases and Announcements, Testimony and Speeches, Advisories, Bulletins, Rulings, Fact Sheets, Reports, Federal Register Notices, copies of records disclosed in response to a FOIA request that have become or are likely to become the subject of subsequent requests, and FinCEN's FOIA Annual Reports. For information concerning purchase card holders, please submit a FOIA request through the normal process.

If you are seeking general information about the Department of the Treasury or another one of its bureaus or offices, you may wish to visit the Department’s home page or contact the appropriate bureau or office FOIA Contact.