You may file an administrative appeal if you are not satisfied with the City’s initial response to your request. Before doing so, however, you may wish to contact the FOIA professional handling the request. The FOIA Coordinator is there to explain the process to you, assist in reducing any delays, and help resolve any disputes. Often, a simple discussion between you and the City will resolve any issues that may arise.
If necessary, filing an appeal is very simple. Typically, all you need to do is send a letter or email to the designated appeal authority of the agency stating that you are appealing the initial decision made on your request. There is no fee or cost involved. After an independent review, the appellate authority will send you a response advising you of its decision. Once the administrative appeal process is complete, you also have the option to seek mediation services from the Office of Government Information Services at the National Archives and Records Administration.