The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 5 U.S.C. § 552, is a Federal law that establishes the public's right to request existing records from Federal Government agencies. FOIA, along with Army Regulation 25-55, govern how requests will be processed within the Army. Additional information and resource links can be found at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers main FOIA website, located at: http://www.usace.army.mil/FOIA.aspx.
A request for information submitted under the FOIA must contain the following information:
- Business name (if applicable).
- Telephone number.
- Complete, in-depth description of document including a date range.
- That you are seeking copies of the documents.
- That you are willing to pay all fees associated with the request.
- If you are requesting a fee waiver, you must state your basis for the waiver.
Under the FOIA, the agency has twenty business days from the receipt of your request in the Office of Counsel. Please note that the FOIA does not require Federal Agencies to answer questions, render opinions, or provide subjective evaluations. Requesters must only ask for agency records. The agency is not required to create documents in response to a FOIA request.
The purpose of this information is to provide guidance on how to make a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for Department of the Army records. It will provide you with a brief description of your rights and the manner in which Army will respond to your requests.
Sample FOIA Request
Mail your request to:
Freedom of Information Officer
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Kansas City District
Office of Counsel, Room 665
601 E. 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106-2824
Fax your request to: (816) 389-2019
Email your request to: email@example.com
To speak with someone regarding FOIA, please dial (816) 389-3983 and your call will be directed to the appropriate party.