This guide is intended to assist with the procedural requirements of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for Department of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) records. It provides a brief description of the FOIA process and the rights of those who make FOIA requests. The information is not intended to be definitive or exhaustive.
The FOIA, which is known by its legal cite as 5 U.S.C. 552, along with the Department of Defense and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulations, govern how requests will be processed within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. USACE Regulation 25-55, The Department of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Freedom of Information Act Program, can be viewed at the following website: http://www.usace.army.mil/FOIA and provides links to FOIA text as well as Department of Defense, and U.S. Army regulations.
The FOIA generally provides that any person has a legally enforceable right, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.
Submit your FOIA request to the FOIA Office for the Corps of Engineers division, district, center, or laboratory that you believe has the documents you are seeking. Directing your request to the local office that has the documents you want will speed up our response to your request because each of these FOIA Offices processes requests for their own records.