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JPRA FOIA FAQ

 

FOIA Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?

How do I submit a FOIA request to the JPRA FOIA Requester Service Center?

Do I have to pay any fees to have a FOIA request processed?

How long will it take to process my request?

What format will be used to provide any documents produced as a result of my request?

How can I check on the status of my request?

What can I do if I am not satisfied with the response that I receive regarding my request?

What is the Department of Defense policy as it relates to releasing “Lists of Names” of DoD personnel?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?

 

The FOIA (5 U.S.C. § 552) provides the public with a means of access to records maintained by the Executive Branch of the US Government. The FOIA is a disclosure statute, but does allow for the withholding of certain types of information contained in agency records. The FOIA also gives requesters specific legal rights and provides administrative and judicial remedies when access to records or portions of records is denied.

 

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How do I submit a FOIA request to the JPRA FOIA Requester Service Center?

 

You must submit a FOIA request in writing either electronically, by fax, or by regular mail/courier.

Note: You need only submit your request using one of the above methods of delivery. We prefer that you submit your request electronically because of the quality of copy.

 

▪ Electronically: http://www.jpra.mil/site_public/foia/foiareqelectronic.htm

▪ E-Mail: jpra-pa@jpra.mil

▪ Mail/Courier: Joint Personnel Recovery Agency

                     ATTN: FOIA Requester Service Center

                     10244 Burbeck Road

                     Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5805

▪ Fax: (703) 704-2231

 

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Do I have to pay any fees to have a FOIA request processed?

 

For certain types of requesters, the FOIA allows for the charging of fees for search, review and duplication. Requesters are not required to pay in advance as a matter of practice; however, if assessable fees exceed $250.00, we may ask for advance payment from requesters without an established payment history. All fees paid as a result of processing a FOIA request are paid directly to the Department of the Treasury.

 

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How long will it take to process my request?

 

Statutorily JPRA has 20 working days to respond. However, this is entirely dependent on the complexity of your request, the availability of the records, the volume of responsive records, and the need for consultation. Requests are processed on a first-in, first-out basis.

 

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What format will be used to provide any documents produced as a result of my request?

 

We generally provide responsive documents electronically. On occasion and depending on the volume, responsive documents may be in hard copy or on a CD-ROM.

 

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How can I check on the status of my request?

 

When this office received your request, an acknowledgement should have been sent to you advising you of the case number and contact information. However, if you do not have the acknowledgement, please call (703) 704-0637 or use our CONTACT US link for assistance. You must provide your name and the date of your request for the FOIA Requester Service Center to locate your request.

 

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What can I do if I am not satisfied with the response that I receive regarding my request?

  

The FOIA provides for requesters to file an administrative appeal from any adverse determination in response to a request. In addition, each agency must advise the requester of the right to file an administrative appeal.

 

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What is the Department of Defense policy as it relates to releasing “Lists of Names” of DoD personnel?

 

In consideration of the President's declaration of a National Emergency as a result of the terrorist attacks on the United States, DoD no longer routinely releases lists of names of DoD personnel. This includes active duty military, civilian employees, contractors, members of the National Guard and Reserves, military dependents, and Coast Guard personnel when the Coast Guard is operating as a service in the Navy.

 

Please see Director of Administration and Management Memorandum, Subject: Withholding of Personally Identifying Information Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), November 9, 2001 for further information pertaining to this policy.

 

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The Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) is a Chairman's Controlled Activity. JPRA is designated as DoD's office of primary responsibility for DoD-wide personnel recovery matters, less policy. JPRA is headquartered in Fort Belvoir, Virginia with schools located in Fredericksburg, VA and Spokane, WA.
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