This handbook is designed to familiarize you with the information available from the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) and how to obtain that information, including the process for making a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The process is neither complicated nor time-consuming. Following these guidelines will make it more likely that you will receive the information you are seeking in the shortest amount of time. This guide also includes descriptions of the types of records maintained by different parts of the agency, some of which are available without making a FOIA request.
The Freedom of Information Act, which can be found in Title 5 of the United States Code, section 552, was enacted in 1966 and provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. All agencies of the United States government are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them, except for those records that are