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Contact the RIDS

Contact the Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)

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The Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) in the FBI Records Management Division is responsible for the release of records under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act.

To make a Freedom of Information Act or Privacy Act request, see Requesting FBI Records.

How to contact us for additional information:


Federal Bureau of Investigation
Record/Information Dissemination Section
170 Marcel Drive
Winchester, VA 22602-4483
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

Key Personnel and Contacts

Section Chief, Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
David M. Hardy

FOIA Requestor Service Center (RSC)
(540) 868-1535
Please call this number to access recorded information how to submit a new FOIA/PA request and general help topics to assist you in preparing and submitting your request to the FBI.
FOIPA Public Information Officer (PIO)
David P. Sobonya
(540) 868-4593
Please call this number to talk with the PIO about the status of an existing FOI/PA request or other FOI/PA matters. Our PIO cannot answer questions about name check requests; all calls on name checks will be referred to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. If the PIO is unavailable, please leave a brief message that includes your name, telephone number, and FOI/PA Request Number (if applicable). Your telephone call will be returned promptly.
FOIPA Public Liaison Officer (PLO)
Dennis J. Argall
Assistant Section Chief
(540) 868-4516

If a requestor wants more information about a request after having contacted the FOIA Requestor Service Center and PIO, please call the Public Liaison Officer, Dennis J. Argall, at (540) 868-4516.