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Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger

Representing the 2nd District of Maryland

Help with a Federal Agency

One of the most important jobs I have is helping my constituents when they are having problems with federal agencies. Although I am unable to guarantee a specific outcome, my role is to assure you a fair and thorough review of your case and to seek a timely response from the agency.

Here are a few quick questions to help you determine if I can assist you in your case:

Do you reside in the Second Congressional District of the State of Maryland?

Congressional courtesy, ethics rules and propriety dictate that each Member of Congress has the honor and responsibility to serve his or her own constituents. If you aren’t sure which district you live in, please visit mdelect.net. All you need is your address.

Does your case involve a federal agency?

As a federal representative, I work closely with Congressional liaisons within each federal agency. If your case involves state, county, or local government, or your public school district, please visit mdelect.net for contact information for your local elected representatives. You can also click state and local issues here for a list of state and local government resources.

Does the case you are concerned about involve you?

Due to privacy laws, I must have the written consent of my constituent in order to make an official inquiry on your behalf.

Is your situation a legal dispute?

As a member of the Legislative Branch, I am unable to become involved in court cases or legal issues. This restriction is due to the Separation of Powers as outlined in the Constitution. This restriction applies to both civil and criminal matters.

Is your case within the agency’s normal processing time?

It is rare that a case can be expedited for any reason other than extreme hardship.

How do I get started?

Once you have asked yourself these questions and determined that your case is something my office may be able to assist you with, please click here to generate a Privacy Act release form. The Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits any department or agency of the federal government from releasing any personal information about a person without their written permission. This form will enable me to initiate an inquiry on your behalf. For quicker processing, fax your completed form to 410-628-2708. You can also mail your form or submit it in person to 375 West Padonia Road, Suite 200, Timonium, MD, 21093.

Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions my office gets: