The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was created in 1966 to promote
openness in the government. Since then it has been strengthened and
amended. To learn more about how the Freedom of Information Act is
applied in the Department of Defense (DoD), please see DoD Directive 5400.07, which establishes FOIA Policy for the DoD, and DoD Regulation 5400.7-R which provides procedural guidance on the DoD FOIA Program.
Transparency Office, Directorate for Oversight & Compliance, is responsible for DoD FOIA Policy. The Honorable John H. Gibson, Chief Management Officer (CMO), Office of the
Secretary of Defense, is the DoD Chief FOIA Officer. The Transparency Office, Directorate for Oversight & Compliance is responsible for the formulation and
implementation of Freedom of Information Act Policy for the Department
of Defense on behalf of the DCMO.
The DoD FOIA program operates under a decentralized
approach. No single FOIA Requester Service Center has access to all the DoD records and
Since the Transparency Office is a policy office, and not a FOIA Requester Service
Center, you should not send a FOIA request to us.
Before sending a request to a DoD Requester Service Center, check if
it's online FOIA library already
contains the material you need.
If you have made a FOIA request, but you disagree with the DoD's
determination, you have a right to appeal. However, there are other
ways to resolve any concerns you have.
Please review the Complaint / Resolve a Dispute Section of the FOIA Handbook
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This page was last modified on: 29 April 2015