Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), enacted in 1966, generally provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. Federal agencies are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them, except for those records that are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions or three exclusions of the FOIA. This right of access is enforceable in court.

Implementation of the Freedom of Information Act at DoD

Open and Transparent Government expands upon the principles of full disclosure of information from the government to its citizens, established in the Freedom of Information Act, to further provide a culture in which agencies are responsible for reporting their plans, successes and failures to the citizens they serve. The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to the Open Government initiative and FOIA is at the core of government transparency at the DoD. 

Under the authority of the DoD Chief FOIA Officer, Mr. Peter Levine, Deputy Chief Management Officer (DCMO), Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Oversight & Coompliance Directorate Transparency Office is responsible for the formulation and implementation of Freedom of Information Act Policy for the Department of Defense.

Required FOIA Reporting


Annual DoD Chief FOIA Officer's Reports

Notice of Chief FOIA Officer

Exempting Information under

10 USC § 130e & 10 USC § 2254a

Freedom of Information Act

Release Pilot:

Participation in Release-to-One is Release-to-All Policy


Several Department of Defense components along with a number of Federal agencies will be participating in the Department of Justice, Release-to-One is Release-to-All Policy. To read the DoJ announcement Click Here!