FOIA handbook (Department of Defense, Freedom of Information Policy Office)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Defense, Freedom of Information Policy Office of the United States of America.


From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of the manual, handbook or other guide(s) used in processing FOIA requests received by the agency.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Shawn Musgrave

From: WHS MC-ALEX ESD Mailbox DoD FOIA Policy Office


Please do not send any further FOIA requests to this email, since it is not the appropriate email address for any FOIA requests.

Now, I can provide the requested information to you without a FOIA request. The only document that we produce to the DoD to guide in the processing of FOIA requests is our regulation, DoD 5400.7-R, at We also publish a Directive, DoDD 5400.07, which promulgates our policy. It is available at

That's it. Please let me know if this answer suffices.

Jim Hogan
Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office.


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