DOD Freedom of Information Act Handbook

This handbook is intended to assist you in making Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for Department of Defense (DoD) records.  It will get you started and provide you with a brief description of your rights and the manner in which DoD will respond to your requests.  The information contained herein is not intended to be definitive or exhaustive.

The FOIA, which is known by its legal cite as 5 U.S.C. § 552, along with the DoD Regulation, governs how requests will be processed within the DoD.  DoD Regulation 5400.7-R, “Department of Defense Freedom of Information Act Program,” can be found at Part 286 of Chapter 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which is available in most libraries.  It can also be purchased from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), 5285 Port Royal Road, Springfield, VA 22161, for $12.50, and may be found on the World Wide Web by entering:
click on “Publications”
click on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
click Department of Defense (DoD) Freedom of Information Act

Due to its size and complexity, the Department of Defense’s FOIA program is decentralized among the several “DoD Components,” which operate their own FOIA offices and respond directly to the public for their own records.  If you desire records from these Components, please write to them using the addresses beginning on page 6 of this handbook.  This office, the Directorate for Freedom of Information and Security Review is responsible for responding to requests for records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Our address is the first one listed on page 6. Program Regulation


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