The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a Federal Law that establishes the public's right to request
existing records from Federal Government agencies. The FOIA provides for prompt, maximum release of DoD
records to the public unless such requested records are specifically exempt from mandatory public disclosure
under the FOIA. Only the Secretary of the Army and the Initial Denial Authorities (IDAs) may deny a request
for Army records.
Any person can file a FOIA request, including U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, organizations, universities,
businesses and state and local governments. Federal employees may, as private citizens, request records under
the FOIA. These requests must be prepared at their own expense and on their own time. They may not use
Government equipment, supplies, or postage.
A record is the product of data compilation such as all books, papers, maps and photographs, machine readable
materials, inclusive of those in electronic form or format, or other documentary materials, regardless of
physical form or characteristics, made or received by an agency of the United States Government under Federal
Law in connection with the transaction of public business and in Army possession and control at the time the
FOIA request is made.
Label your request "Freedom of Information Act Request" within the request letter and on the envelope,
and address the request to the Military Command or installation likely to have the information you seek.
To avoid unnecessary delays in processing your FOIA request, it is important to send your request to the
proper agency. REMEMBER, misdirected FOIAs have to be referred to the proper command/agency for processing.
The Directorate of Human Resources, Administrative Services Division, processes FOIA requests for records
held at the following directorates/agencies:
US Army Garrison Headquarters (USAG.)
Directorate of Resource Management (RM.)
Directorate of Plans, Analysis and Integration Office (PAIO.)
Directorate of Public Affairs Office (PAO.)
Religious Support (REL SPT.)
Internal Review and Audit Compliance Office (IRACO.)
Staff Judge Advocate (SJA.)
Directorate of Human Resources (DHR.)
Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation (DFMWR.)
Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security (DPTMS.)
Directorate of Logistics (DOL.)
Directorate of Public Works (DPW.)
Directorate of Emergency Services (DES.)
Requests for any of these agencies should be addressed as follows:
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
DHR (FOIA Advisor)
Fort Hood Freedom of Information Act Contact:
FOIA Office (IMHD-HRA-F)
Building 286, 761st Tank Battalion Avenue
Fort Hood, TX 76544-5000
POC: Ms. Jacquelyn Lucas
If you do not know the location of the information you are seeking, contact:
U.S. Army Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Office
Casey Building, Suite 144
7701 Telegraph Road
Alexandria, VA 22315-3905
POC:Alecia Bolling COMM: (703) 428-6513
Acting Chief DSN: 328-6513
Gary Hargrove (FOIA) FAX: (703) 428-6522
The following types of records may be withheld by the IDA in whole or in part from public disclosure under
the FOIA, unless otherwise prescribed by law:
Records currently and properly classified in the interest of national defense or foreign policy.
Records related solely to internal personnel rules and practices of DoD or any of its components
whose release would allow the circumvention of these records thereby substantially hindering the
effective performance of a significant function of the DoD component.
Records that a statute (or law) specifically exempts from disclosure by terms that permit no discretion on
the issue, or in accordance with criteria established by that statute for withholding or referring to particular
types of matters to be withheld.
Trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a private source which would cause
substantial competitive harm to the source if disclosed.
Internal advice, recommendations, and subjective evaluations, as contrasted with factual matters, that are
reflected in records pertaining to the decision-making process of an agency and records pertaining to the
Records which, if released, would result in a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
Records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes.
Records for the use of an agency responsible for the regulation or supervision of financial institutions.
Records containing geological and geophysical information and data (including maps) concerning wells.
When information is withheld, whether partially or fully, this constitutes a denial under FOIA. A request may be
denied for one or more of the aforementioned exemptions. When this happens, you will be notified in writing by an
Initial Denial Authority (IDA) and given appeal rights. IDAs are denial authorities for records that fall under
their functional areas. If your request is denied partially you will receive information that has portions deleted.
Red-acted or sanitized records have the denied information removed from where it was originally located within
the document. There are usually two methods for sanitizing a document; one is to blacken out the denied
information, and the other is to completely remove it.
The FOIA allows fees to be charged to requesters based upon their fee category. Any fees for previous FOIA
requests must be paid in full prior to processing new requests. Waivers or reductions in fees may be given if
disclosing the information is in the public interest. Public interest is defined as information which
significantly enhances the public's knowledge of the operations and activities of the Army. The FOIA
requires that requesters be placed into one of the below fee categories:
Commercial: Requesters who seek fee information for a use or purpose that furthers their commercial,
trade, or profit interest are considered commercial requesters. Commercial requesters pay all fees for
search, review, and duplication.
Educational Institution: Institutions of education, including preschools, elementary or secondary
schools and institutions of higher learning, qualify as educational institutions. The records must be
sought in furtherance of scholarly research. Educational requesters pay only duplication fees, unless it is
determined that fees are waived or reduced in the public interest. The first 100 pages are provided
at no cost.
Non-Commercial Scientific Institution: A non-commercial scientific institution is operated
solely for conducting scientific research. The records must be sought in furtherance of scientific research,
the results of which are not intended to promote any particular product or industry. Like educational
requesters, these requesters pay only duplication fees, unless it is determined that fees are waived or
reduced in the public interest. The first 100 pages are provided at no cost.
News Media: A representative of the news media is a person actively gathering news for an
entity organized and operated to publicize or broadcast news to the public. News media pay only duplication
fees, unless it is determined that fees are waived or reduced in the public interest. Again, the first
100 pages are provided at no cost.
Other Requester: Requesters who do not qualify in another category are considered "other"
requesters, and normally make requests for agency records for their personal use. "Other" requesters
receive two hours search, all review costs, and the first 100 pages at no cost.
All requesters should submit a willingness to pay fees statement regardless of the fee category, however, this
does not mean you will be charged fees. Except for commercial requesters whose fees total more than $15, waivers
are always considered. Fee waivers may be granted when the disclosure of the records is in the public interest and
the records are likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the
government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester. The following factors are weighed in
making a fee waiver determination:
The subject of the request.
The informative value of the information to be disclosed.
The contribution to an understanding of the subject by the general public likely to result from the disclosure.
The significance of the contribution to the public understanding.