Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

About the Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C 552, is a federal statute that provides a process by which every person may request access to federal agency records. Federal agencies are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them unless those records are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions and three exclusions* of the FOIA. The FOIA applies only to federal agencies and the records in its custody. The FOIA does not create an access to records held by Congress, the courts or by state and local governments. The FOIA allows agencies to charge fees for costs related to providing the requested documents. All requesters are placed into one of the fee categories.

The FOIA does not require agencies to answer questions, or to create records to respond to a request.

FOIA Exemptions

The FOIA establishes nine broad categories of information that may require protection. If DLA denies any part of your request, we will explain the reasons for the denial, which FOIA exemptions apply, and your right to appeal our decisions. Briefly, the exemptions protect:

  • Classified material
  • Internal personnel rules and practices
  • Information prohibited from release by other Federal statute
  • Trade secret, commercial, and financial data submitted in confidence
  • Government privileged information
  • Information affecting personal privacy
  • Information compiled for law enforcement purposes
  • Bank regulation documents
  • Information pertaining to wells

* The three exclusions are rarely used and pertain to particularly sensitive law enforcement and national security matters.

FOIA Regulations Applicable to DLA

New Requests

Please refer to the FOIA Request section.

Contact Us

Name Title Email Phone
Lewis Oleinick
Director, Information Governance and Compliance, Chief FOIA and FOIA Public Liaison  (571) 767-6194
Judith Mansfield FOIA Branch Chief  (269) 961-4513
Tamara Jessen FOIA Team Lead  (804) 279-1420

For questions concerning FOIA processing or case status, please email the contact at the bottom of your letter or email: