The Administrative Services Division advises the Commander and staff on all aspects of the Records Management, Official Mail and Distribution, Freedom of Information Act , Privacy Act, and Publishing Management Programs required by Federal laws.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA)
The mission of the Fort Irwin Freedom of Information Act Office is to provide access to records created by and under the control of the National Training Center and Fort Irwin. This includes the processing of Freedom of information Act (FOIA) initial request from the general public, and consultations from other DoD and Executive Branch Agencies and Departments.
Please note that this office is not a repository for all documents maintained or released by the Department of the Army or Department of Defense. Requests must be submitted to the FOIA office pertaining to the pertinent branch of the military service which maintains the records you are seeking.
WHAT IS FOIA?
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions. Enacted in 1966, the FOIA established for the first time an effective statutory right of access to government information. The principles of government openness and accountability underlying the FOIA, however, are inherent in the democratic ideal: "The basic purpose of the FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed." The Supreme Court has emphasized that official information that sheds light on an agency’s performance of its statutory duties falls squarely within that statutory purpose.
WHAT IS A RECORD?
A record is the product(s) of data compilation, such as all military police reports, books, paper, maps, and photographs, machine readable materials, inclusive of those in electronic form or format, or other documentary materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, made or received by an agency of the United States Government under Federal law in connection with the transaction of public business and in Army possession and control at the time the FOIA request is made. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act provides a balance between the right of the public to obtain information from military service records, and the right of the veteran to protect his/her privacy. If you are a member of the general public, limited amounts of information can be released to you from an individual’s record. The procedures to release information are based on restrictions imposed by the military services consistent with Department of Defense regulations and the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974.
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SUBMITTING A REQUEST
FOIA request can be submitted via email, mail, or in person. Requestor must be willing to pay applicable fees and state the dollar amount willing to pay. If you seek a fee waiver, provide a justification for such waiver. Records must be described in enough details so that it can be located with a reasonable amount of effort. Generally, a record is described when the description contains sufficient file-related information (type of document, title, subject area, date of creation, originator, etc.); or the request contains enough event-related information (date and circumstances surrounding the event the record covers) to permit the conduct of an organized, non-random search.USArmy.Irwin.IMCOM.MBX.DHR-FOIA@Mail.Mil
Phone: (760) 380-4540
Click to print: Request Form
FOR PERSONNEL RECORDS OF FORMER FORT IRWIN SOLDERS: Upon separation from military service, the personnel and medical records of separated personnel are forwarded to: The National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR), St. Louis, Missouri. This facility is the repository for millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century. Records prior to WWI are in Washington, DC.) NPRC (MPR) also stores medical treatment records of retirees from all services, as well as records for dependent and other persons treated at naval medical facilities. Information from the records is made available upon written request (with signature and date) to the extent allowed by law. The website below is provided for those seeking information regarding military personnel, health and medical records stored at NPRC (MPR). http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/
FOR MILITARY POLICE (MP REPORTS): To obtain copies of a Fort Irwin MP Report submit a FOIA request using the FOIA request form provided on this website. The form must be complete, and include specific information such as date/time of incident, and/or report case number (if known). Factors to consider in availability of report: investigation may be ongoing and report not complete,The FOIA Office may not answer questions pertaining to the content of the report or provide legal assistance in matters report is pending review or signature, and report may be lengthy, complexity of the case, and copies that must be made. An original signature on the form and a copy of the requestor’s picture ID is required upon submission. Copies of MP reports are not maintained within the FOIA Office.
FOR CONTRACTS: To obtain copies of Fort Irwin contracts or contract related information under FOIA, submit your complete request to:
Mission and Installation Contracting Command
Office of Counsel - FOIA Officer
2746 Harrison Loop Complex
Fort Eustis, VA 23604-5538
Phone: 757-878-2800, X2236
MICC FOIA E-mail: email@example.com
Documents requested under FOIA are not maintained in the FOIA office.