The withholding of requested information in whole or in part from a member of the
public constitutes an FOIA denial. Under HHS regulations, only SSA's Freedom of Information
(FOI) Officer may withhold SSA records under the FOIA. If a denial of a request for
information appears to be proper, it cannot be processed at the field office level.
Such requests must be routed to the Regional FOI Coordinator for processing. Therefore,
the FOIA request, the basis for the proposed denial and all pertinent background material
should be forwarded to:
Social Security Administration
Regional FOI Coordinator
P.O. Box 8788
Philadelphia, PA 19101
FOIA REQUEST - DO NOT OPEN IN MAILROOM
Because the FOIA requires a decision on a request be provided within 10 days of receipt,
all FOIA requests should be handled expeditiously. An acknowledgement letter patterned
after that in GN PHI03350.005A.2 should be issued to the individual making the FOIA request.
Any questions on this procedure should be directed to the Regional FOI Coordinator
at Commercial (215) 597-2354.