The implementing regulations for D.C. FOIA set out the required contents of an appeal. “An appeal to the Mayor shall be in writing. The appeal letter shall include ‘Freedom of Information Act Appeal’ or ‘FOIA Appeal’ in the subject line of the letter as well as marked on the outside of the envelope.” 1 D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 1 § 412.3. The requester also must forward a copy of the appeal to the Freedom of Information Officer or head of the agency whose denial is the subject of the appeal. Id.
The written appeal must include:
“(a) Statement of the circumstances, reasons or arguments advanced in support of disclosure;
(b) Copy of the original request, if any;
(c) Copy of any written denial issued under § 407.2; and
(d) Daytime telephone number, email address or mailing address for the requester.”
Id. § 412.4.