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What is the purpose of the FOIA program?

Purpose of the FOIA Program

The public has a right to information concerning the activities of its Government. Department of Defense policy is to conduct its activities in an open manner and provide the public with a maximum amount of accurate and timely information concerning its activities, consistent always with the legitimate public and private interests of the American people.

A record requested by a member of the public who follows rules established by proper authority in the DOD shall not be withheld in whole or in part unless the record is exempt from mandatory partial or total disclosure under the FOIA. As a matter of policy, DoD Components shall make discretionary disclosures of exempt records or information whenever disclosure would not foreseeably harm an interest protected by a FOIA exemption, but this policy does not create any right enforceable in court.

In order that the public may have timely information concerning DoD activities, records requested through public information channels by news media representatives that would not be withheld if requested under the FOIA should be released upon request. Prompt responses to requests for information from news media representatives should be encouraged to eliminate the need for these requesters to invoke the provisions of the FOIA and thereby assist in providing timely information to the public. Similarly, requests from other members of the public for information that would not be withheld under the FOIA should continue to be honored through appropriate means without requiring the requester to invoke the FOIA.

DoD Policy

It is DoD policy to make records publicly available, unless the record qualifies under one or more of the nine exemptions and/or under one of the three exclusions.

FOIA Processing Time Limits

Once an agency receives a correct FOIA request; it has 20 working days to make a determination on the request.

In unusual circumstances, an agency will request an extension from the requester in writing why it needs the extension and when it will make a determination on the request.

When a Component has a significant number of pending request that prevents are response determination being made within 20 working days, the requests shall be processed in a multitrack processing system, based on the date of receipt, the amount of work and time involved in processing the requests.
FOIA Requestor Appeal Rights

-- Requestors have the right to appeal all denial decisions
-- Appeals must be submitted within 60 days of the Initial Denial Letter
-- Appeals must be sent through the office that initially denied the information 

How do I submit requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act?

FOIA requests are submitted by private citizens; members should not use government equipment, supplies, stationery, or official mail channels, including e-mail, to make or follow-up on FOIA requests. 

Requests for JTF-Bravo records under the FOIA should be submitted, in writing, to: 

Attn: J6
Unit A62
APO AA 34042-5718

For additional information, you may call the JTF-Bravo J6 at the following numbers:

DSN: 312-449-4259
CML: 011-504-234-4634 Ext. 4259

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