FOIA

Michigan's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), MCL 15.231 et seq, allows certain persons to receive copies or make inspections of most public records of public bodies upon written request. The person must sufficiently describe the records he or she seeks.

A fee may be charged to cover the cost of complying with a FOIA request.

FOIA requests must include all the following information:

  • Individual (other than one who claims indigence)
    • Complete name
    • Address – Must be written in compliance with United States Postal Service addressing standards.
    • Contact information – Must include a valid telephone number and/or email address.
  • Person (other than individual)
    • Complete name of person’s agent
    • Address of person’s agent – Must be written in compliance with United States Postal Service addressing standards.
    • Contact information of person’s agent – Must include a valid telephone number and/or email address.

If a good faith deposit is required, it must be paid within 45 days, or the request is considered abandoned.

Learn more about the Freedom of Information Act on the Michigan Legislature website.

The Michigan Department Labor and Economic Opportunity is the department that contains the agencies of Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Strategic Fund, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, State Land Bank Authority, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Unemployment Insurance Agency, Bureau of Employment Relations, Workers' Disability Compensation Agency, Employment and Training Division and Prosperity Division. Each of these bodies of government have their own FOIA Coordinator to which requests may be submitted.

Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity 

Includes administrative services, communications, legislative affairs and human resources.

FOIA requests can be sent by email or mail to:  

Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity 
Attn: FOIA Coordinator - Tom Shaver
105 W. Allegan St. 2nd Floor
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Phone: 517-241-3659
Email:LEO-FOIA@michigan.gov

Workers' Disability Compensation Agency 

Includes Workers' Compensation Board of Magistrates and Workers' Disability Compensation Appeals Commission

FOIA requests can be sent by email or mail to:

Workers' Disability Compensation Agency
Attn: FOIA Coordinator - Andrew Neumann
P.O. Box 30016
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Phone: 517-284-8914
Fax: 517-284-8920
Email: WCAFOIAINFO@michigan.gov

Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration​ 

FOIA requests can be sent by email or mail to:

Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Attn: FOIA Coordinator - Katie Wagner
530 W. Allegan St.
P.O. Box 30649
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Phone: 517-284-7740
Fax: 517-284-7735
Email: MIOSHAFOIARequest@michigan.gov

Bureau of Employment Relations 

Includes Wage and Hour Division and Michigan Employment Relations Commission

FOIA requests can be sent by email or mail to:

Bureau of Employment Relations
Attn: FOIA Coordinator - Kim Wierenga
P.O. Box 30476
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Phone: 855-464-9243
Fax: 517-763-0110
Email: LARA-WHDClaimRecord@michigan.gov

State Land Bank Authority

 FOIA requests can be sent by email or mail to:

State Land Bank Authority
Attn: FOIA Coordinator - Patrick Ennis
111 S. Capitol 5th Floor
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Phone: 517-335-2930
Email: MLBFOIA@michigan.gov

Michigan State Housing Development Authority 

FOIA requests can be sent by email or mail to:

Michigan State Housing Development Authority
Attn: FOIA Coordinator - Corrie Schmidt-Parker
735 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Phone: 517-241-1879
Email: MSHDA-FOIA@michigan.gov

Michigan Economic Development Corporation 

FOIA requests can be sent by email or mail to:

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Attn: FOIA Coordinator - Karen Wieber
300 N. Washington Sq.
Lansing, Michigan 48913
Phone: 517-881-9938
Email: WieberK9@michigan.org

Michigan Strategic Fund 

FOIA requests can be sent by email or mail to:

Michigan Strategic Fund
Attn: FOIA Coordinator - Karen Wieber
300 N. Washington Sq.
Lansing, Michigan 48913
Phone: 517-881-9938
Email: WieberK9@michigan.org

Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency

Includes Unemployment Insurance Appeals Commission

FOIA requests can be sent by email or mail to:

Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency
Attn: FOIA Coordinator - Ivory Bennett
3024 W. Grand Blvd., Suite 12-100
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-456-3435
Fax: 313-456-2733
Email: TIA-FOIA-UI@michigan.gov 

Employment and Training Division

Includes Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Workforce Development and State Workforce Board

 FOIA requests can be sent by email or mail to:

Employment and Training
Attn: FOIA Coordinator - Matthew Shilling
201 N. Washington Sq.
Lansing, MI 48913
Phone: 517-242-3623
Fax: 517-241-8217
Email: ShillingM@michigan.gov

Prosperity Division

Includes Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Poverty Task Force, Sixty by 30, MiSTEM, Office of Global Michigan, Hispanic/Latino Commission, Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs, Asian Pacific Affairs Commission

 FOIA requests can be sent by email or mail to:

Prosperity Division
Attn: FOIA Coordinator - Tom Shaver
105 W. Allegan St. 2nd Floor
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Phone: 517-241-3659
Email:LEO-FOIA@michigan.gov

Our Commitment to Transparency

Our department is committed to helping members of the public seeking a public record from the department or agency in navigating the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act or other law applicable to public records. The Transparency liaison will advocate for the disclosure of public records in a quick and cost-efficient manner.

For assistance with Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

Includes State Land Bank Authority, Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Unemployment Insurance Agency, Bureau of Employment Relations, Workers' Disability Compensation Agency, Employment and Training Division and Prosperity Division

 FOIA requests, contact:

Transparency Liaison - Erica Quealy
Phone: 517-241-1162
Email: QuealyE@michigan.gov

For assistance with Michigan Economic Development Corporation 

FOIA requests, contact:

Transparency Liaison - Lynne A. Feldpausch
Phone: 517-335-0587
Email: FeldpauschL@michigan.org

For assistance with Michigan State Housing Development Authority 

FOIA requests, contact:

Transparency Liaison - Kara Hart-Negrich
Phone: 517-335-2273
Email: HartnegrichK@michigan.gov

View the Department's written procedures, guidelines and fees.
View the Detailed Itemization of Fees Form
Affidavit of Indigency Form