Submit a Request

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) requests must be submitted in writing.

There are several ways to submit a request for records in the possession of SBA:

  1. FOIAonline:
  2. Email:  
  3. Mail:              Chief, Freedom of Information/Privacy Acts Office
                           U.S. Small Business Administration
                           409 3rd St., SW 8th Floor
                           Washington, DC 20416
  4. Fax:                (202)205-7059               

Should you use FOIAonline, email, or fax, you do not need to mail us a follow-up letter.  Please be advised that submitting a request outside of proper FOIA channels may result in delayed processing of your request.

When making a proper FOIA request, we ask that you provide:

  • Your name
  • Your complete mailing address
  • Your personal email address
  • Your telephone number
  • A detailed description of the records you are seeking.  If applicable, it is helpful if you provide the type of record, the time frame for search, the location or address of a business, associated loan numbers, and any other information pertinent to your request.   Please note there is no obligation under the FOIA for federal agencies to create records or respond to questions.  
  • The format in which you wish to receive the responsive records (if desired).
  • Your willingness to pay statutory fees for the processing of the requested information and your desired requester fee category (required by SBA regulations).  More information regarding requester categories and fees may be found here.

Please note that Privacy Act (PA) requests are not accepted via e-mail or the FOIAonline submission portal due to privacy/personally identifiable information (PII) concerns.  For more information regarding PA requests, please see 13 C.F.R. § 102.24. 

SBA regulations require, in the case of third party information requests, a written statement from the first party, verifying his or her identity, and certifying that individual's agreement that records concerning him or her—including proprietary business information—may be accessed, analyzed and released to a third party requester.  If you wish to be treated as a first party requester with regard to the information you are seeking, at the time of submission, please provide this office with a signed release from the owner of the records you are seeking.  The release should authorize the disclosure of personal information and proprietary business information.  If we do not receive a first party privacy waiver, you will be treated as a third party requester.

If you have any questions regarding submitting a FOIA/PA request, please contact the FOI/PA Office at (202)401-8203 or