Reference Materials


DoD Manual 5400.07, DoD Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program, Apr 5, 2019

DoD Directive 5100.3, Support of the Headquarters of Combatant and Subordinate Joint Commands, Sep 7, 2017

This Directive reissues reference (a) and, pursuant to reference (b), establishes the policy of the Department of Defense regarding responsibility for the administrative and logistic support of the Headquarters of the Combatant Commands and their Subordinate Joint Commands. The U.S. element of the North American Air Defense Command, although not a Combatant Command, is included in this Directive for headquarters administrative and logistics support purposes. 

DoD Guidance on Attorney General Memo

Contains the FOIA policy memorandum issued by the Office of the Attorney General released on March 19, 2009.

Executive Order 13526, Classified National Security Information Order, Dec 29, 2009

Executive Order 12958 of April 17, 1995, and amendments thereto, including Executive Order 13292 of March 25, 2003, are hereby revoked as of the effective date of this order.

This order prescribes a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information, including information relating to defense against transnational terrorism. Our democratic principles require that the American people be informed of the activities of their Government. Also, our Nation's progress depends on the free flow of information both within the Government and to the American people. Nevertheless, throughout our history, the national defense has required that certain information be maintained in confidence in order to protect our citizens, our democratic institutions, our homeland security, and our interactions with foreign nations. Protecting information critical to our Nation's security and demonstrating our commitment to open Government through accurate and accountable application of classification standards and routine, secure, and effective declassification are equally important priorities.

Federal Acquisition Regulation 

The Federal Acquisition Regulations System is established for the codification and publication of uniform policies and procedures for acquisition by all executive agencies. The Federal Acquisition Regulations System consists of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which is the primary document, and agency acquisition regulations that implement or supplement the FAR. The FAR System does not include internal agency guidance of the type described in 1.301(a)(2). Please see section 24 for up to date information.

DoD FOIA Exemption (b)(3) Statutes

OPEN Government Directive

This Directive was issued by OMB on December 8, 2009.

Points of contact at Federal Agencies

The Department of Justice's Office of Information and Privacy (OIP) is the principal contact point within the executive branch for advice and policy guidance on matters pertaining to the administration of the Freedom of Information Act. Through OIP's FOIA Counselor service, experienced FOIA advisers are available to respond to FOIA-related inquiries at (202) 514-3642 (514-FOIA). For inter-agency contact purposes, the list at the link above contains the principal FOIA contacts at all federal agencies dealing regularly with FOIA matters. In some instances (e.g., the Department of Defense), all major agency components are listed individually under the agencies. In other instances (e.g., the Food and Drug Administration), major agency components are listed separately. In still other instances (e.g., the Department of Labor), no components are listed, as it is the agency's preference that all FOIA contacts be made through its main FOIA office. Fax numbers and e-mail addresses are provided as a matter of agency preference as well. All telephone and fax numbers are listed by local area code, which can be dialed in the federal long distance system. OIP should be notified whenever there is a change in a principal agency FOIA contact or any change in title, telephone or fax number, or address.

President's Memorandum on FOIA, Jan 21, 2009

President's Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government, Jan 21, 2009

Assistant Secretary of Defense Memorandum on Removal of Personally Identifying Information of DoD Personnel from Unclassified Web Sites, Dec 28, 2001

Office of Secretary of Defense Memorandum on Withholding Personal Information Pursuant to 10 USC 130b, Nov 9, 2001