Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA provides release of US Government records to the public. The US Attorney General promotes openness with the public and requires that all releasable information be processed in a timely manner. The FOIA program is governed by the Freedom of Information Act (Public Law 99-570, 5 US Code 552(B)), DOD 5400.7-R, and AR 25-55, as supplemented. A written request must be submitted under the provisions of the FOIA and the requester must be provided a response within 20 workdays. All requests for Government documents must be processed under the FOIA.

What is a record?
A record is a product of data compilation, such as books, papers, maps, photographs, machine readable materials or other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received by an agency of the U.S. Government under Federal law in connection with the transaction of the public business and in DODís possession and control at the time the FOIA request is made.

How do I submit a FOIA request?
A FOIA request must be submitted in writing. The request must be specific regarding requested documents and/or information and you must indicate a willingness to pay all search, review, and duplication costs. When submitting a FOIA request, you must allow 20 working days for processing.

Where do I send the request?
Send your FOIA request to, Installation FOIA Official, at the address below. The telephone number is 767-8103. The E-Mail address is

Installation FOIA Official
HQs, 3d IN Div and Ft Stewart
190 Stockton Circle
Ft Stewart, GA 31314

Sample FOIA request letter:

Dear Installation FOIA Official:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).

I request that a copy of the following document(s) be provided to me. (Identify the document(s) as specifically as possible.)

In order to help you determine my status for the purpose of assessing fees, you should know that I am (insert one of the descriptions below).

I am willing to pay fees for this request up to a maximum of $_______. If you estimate that the fees will exceed this limit, please inform me first.

(Optional) I request a waiver of fees for this request because disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest and it is likely to contribute significantly to the public understanding of the operations or activities of the Army and is not primarily in my commercial interest. (Include details about how the requested information will be disseminated by you to the general public.)

(Optional) I have also included a telephone number at which I can be contacted, if necessary, to discuss any aspect of my request.