Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
How to File a FOIA Request
Effective immediately, all Freedom of Information Act / Privacy Act (FOIA) requests must be submitted through the DoDEA e-FOIA Access Portal or the National FOIA Portal. DoDEA will no longer accept FOIA or Privacy Act (PA) requests via email.
Visit DoD Open Government to access FOIA Resources and relevant publications.
How to File a FOIA Appeal
If your FOIA request was initially denied in whole or in part, the final FOIA response letter advising you of the denial will also advise you of your right to appeal the determination. If you wish to make an appeal, you must file your appeal with the correct appellate authority within ninety (90) days. The appellate authority for DoDEA is the Deputy Chief Management Officer (DCMO).
Note: Return address information will be located on all final FOIA response letters that are denied in whole or in part.
A Privacy Act (PA) Request is one in which a United States citizen or Legal Permanent Resident seeks records on herself/himself that are contained in a file retrievable by the individual's name or personal identifier (Use the sample FOIA request letter under the "Letter Templates & Forms" Tab).
- The request must include a valid form of identification, such as a copy of a photo ID or driver's license (both sides).
- Include your full name, current address and email address, so we may contact you if questions arise.
- Describe the record you are seeking in detail. Details may include information about the document; the specific System of Records Notice (SORN) if known, including the System ID and System Name, where the records can be found; and the time frame to be searched.
- Only the individual to whom the record pertains can request the records.
- Sign your request. Your signature must be notarized or submitted via an unsworn declaration in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, a law that permits statements to be made under penalty of perjury as a substitute for notarization.
- If you are executing the unsworn declaration within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths, it must read as follows: "I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)."
- If you are executing the unsworn declaration outside the United States, it must read as follows: "I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)."
Send Requests To:
Department of Defense Education Activity
Attn: Privacy Officer
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, Virginia 22350