FOIA Request


This office only processes requests for records in the possession and control of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Staff (OSD/JS), to include:

  • Defense Acquisition University (DAU)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI)
  • Defense Human Resources Activity (DHRA)
  • Defense Legal Services Agency (DLSA)
  • Defense Media Activity (DMA)
  • Defense Microelectronics Activity (DMEA)
  • Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Persons Office (DPMO)
  • Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA)
  • Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA)
  • Defense Test Resource Management Center (TRMC)
  • Defense Travel Management Office (DTMO)
  • Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • National Defense University (NDU)
  • Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA)
  • Office of Military Commissions (OMC)
  • Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA)
  • Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS)
  • (Former) U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM)
  • Washington Headquarters Services (WHS)
  • White House Military Office (WHMO)



If you are seeking records from or about one of the other DoD components, one of the Combatant Commands, or the Military Services, you should contact them directly.


For records 30 years or older, please direct your request to the National Archives and Records Administration.


For all DoD personnel records of retired military or civilian personnel, please direct your request to National Personnel Records Center.


Requesters must provide complete contact information (Full Name, Mailing Address, Telephone Number, and e-mail address, if available). If alternate contact information is available (e.g., other e-mail or telephone numbers), please provide that information as well.


Thoroughly identify the records desired, being as specific as possible as to when and by whom the record was created. The key here is to provide enough information to allow an experienced employee to locate the record with a reasonable amount of effort. Try to keep your request simple and to the point. Highly complex requests that cover many years and a large number of subjects take more time to process. Complex requests typically require extensive coordination and often consultation with other agencies.


Indicate or include a statement of your willingness to pay for the cost the processing the request. This figure should identify the maximum fee (a dollar amount) you are willing to pay. If you are seeking a fee waiver, you should refer to link to 32 C.F.R. § 286.28(d) for qualifying factors.


**ATTENTION:** The upload feature for the FOIA request portal is currently disabled due to maintenance. This means that while you are still able to type out your request within the portal, you will not be able to upload any supplemental documents. We will let you know when this feature within the portal is once again operable. Meanwhile, if you need to upload any documents to supplement your FOIA request, please send your entire request (along with any additional documents) to the mailbox or fax it to 571-372-0500. To avoid confusion, please do not send your FOIA request through the portal and your supplemental documents through another source, but send all items pertaining to your request through one source. If you have further questions regarding this matter, please call us at 571-372-0498. Thank you for your patience.


Requesters may submit FOIA requests electronically (preferred), via mail, or via facsimile as follows:

OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center
Freedom of Information Division
1155 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1155
Fax (571) 372-0500