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How do I Find Government Information?: FOIA/CORA

A Guide for Locating and Accessing Government Documents and Web Resources

Open Government Starting Points

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information Act provides the public the right to access records from any federal agency. Unless the information falls under one of nine exemptions, federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA. The FOIA also requires agencies to proactively post certain kinds of information, such as frequently requested records, online.

FOIA requests must be submitted directly to the appropriate agency or office.

FOIA Information by Agency:

For fast access to records made available under the Freedom of Information Act, use your preferred search engine to search "electronic reading room"+[agency name].

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Colorado Open Records Act (CORA)

The Colorado Open Records Act "CORA" requires that most public records be available to the public. A "public record" includes most writings made, maintained, or kept by our office. However, there are some exceptions concerning records made available under CORA. Anyone can request public records in the possession of a government office.

CORA requests must be submitted directly to the appropriate government office or custodian of records.

CORA Information by Agency:

To find CORA request information, use your preferred search engine to search "colorado open records act"+[state agency]. You can also use the search function on colorado.gov to search "CORA"+[state agency].