Joint Personnel Recovery Agency
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) JPRA

Welcome to the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) FOIA Requester Service Center (RSC). The JPRA FOIA Requester Service Center is the primary point of contact for anyone seeking access to JPRA records. The Requester Service Center is responsible for ensuring that JPRA is in compliance with a wide range of statutory and administrative requirements, including the Federal Records Act, FOIA, and E-FOIA laws, the Privacy Act, Executive Order 12958, and certain provisions of the Ethics in Government Act.

Requesters may submit FOIA requests electronically (preferred), via facsimile, or via Mail/Courier as follows

FOIA Electronic Requests


(703) 704-2231


Joint Personnel Recovery Agency
ATTN: FOIA Requester Service Center
10244 Burbeck Road
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5805

If you are not satisfied with the service you received from the JPRA FOIA Requester Service Center, you may contact the DoD FOIA Liaison Officer below for assistance.
Mr. Jim Hogan

(571) 372-0500

Web form: DoD Electronic FOIA Contact Form
Mail/Courier: OSD/JS FOIA Requester Service Center
Office of Freedom of Information
1155 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1155
  • Debriefing materials/files are exempt from release to the public in their entirety IAW 5 USC §552(b)(3) and (b)(6) of the FOIA. Only POWs are allowed access to their respective debriefs. Debriefings have produced classified information obtained under a non-disclosure promise. POWs were promised that their complete and candid statements about the conditions of their captivity and the events surrounding their capture, captivity, and release would not be disclosed. Release of this confidential information would violate confidentiality agreements and constitute an unwarranted invasion of their personal privacy.
  • Returned POWs are allowed a one-time security clearance and are provided access to read and review their respective debriefing files in a controlled environment. The authorization to review files does not constitute authorization to copy, record, or retain the debriefing file.
  • 5 USC §552(b)(3) protects information specifically exempted by the National Security Act. The language of the statute clearly states that the information will not be disclosed. Specific statutes precluding such release and commonly applicable to DoD cases involving POWs, are 10 USC §1506(2)(d) and (f). These statutes prohibit the disclosure of privileged information/debriefing reports provided by missing persons returned to U.S. control which are obtained under a promise of confidentiality made for the purpose of ensuring the fullest possible disclosure of information.
  • 5 USC §552(b)(6) protects a POW’s personal privacy and prevents a clearly unwarranted invasion of privacy.
  • The Geneva Convention (III) Relative to the Treatment of POW (CPW), Article 13 states…“Likewise, POWs must at all times be protected, particularly against acts of violence or intimidation and against insults and public curiosity.” POWs have been guaranteed absolute confidentiality by the Government and promised that information regarding the conditions of their captivity, and the events surrounding their capture, captivity, and release would not be disclosed.
Pertaining to Missing Persons/POWs
(b)(3) Statutes
Type of Information Covered
[U.S. Code commonly applicable to DoD under the FOIA at 5 USC §552(b)(3).]
[Information specifically exempted by a statute establishing particular criteria for withhold. The language of the statute must clearly state that the information will not be disclosed.]
13. 10 USC §1506(d) and (f)
Debriefing of a Missing Person Returned to U.S. Control. The Period Covered is July 9, 1959, forward.
35. 50 USC §435 Note Sec 1082, P.L. 102-190 (Attached)
Disclosure of Information Concerning U.S. Personnel Classified as POW/MIA During the Vietnam and Korean Conflicts (“McCain Bill”)
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