Freedom of Information Act

Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.

As a result of increases in the Health Protection Condition (HPCON) level, our offices are limited to mission-essential personnel only and maximizing the use of telework for other personnel. This means that FOIA requests submitted by mail or fax may be delayed in processing time while under elevated HPCON levels. We encourage you to file any new requests or appeals by emailing us at

1. How to make a FOIA request for Army IG records:
The FOIA request must be in writing and must provide an adequate description of the records being sought.
You may use the electronic DAIG FOIA Request Form (at right), or download the 
DAIG FOIA Request Form (.pdf) for this purpose. The FOIA request may be sent to the Army IG FOIA office via the following delivery methods:


Records Release Office
Department of the Army
Office of the Inspector General
1700 Army Pentagon
ATTN: SAIG-JAR, Room 1E132
Washington, DC 20310-1700

Phone: (703) 545-4591, DSN 865-4591


The FOIA request should be as specific as possible with regard to names, dates, time frames, places, events, subjects, etc. In other words, describe the records being sought as accurately and definitively as possible. The more specific the request is, the more likely we can conduct an accurate search for records responsive to the request. Ensure that your contact information (mailing address, e-mail, telephone number) are reflected in your FOIA request. This information is necessary in the event that we need to reach you for additional information or clarification.

2. Frequently requested Army IG reports:
The Army IG Records Release Office makes certain types of records available, specifically reports that fall under document category (a)(2)(D) of 5 USC 552, “Records released to the public under the FOIA, that are or will likely become the subject of subsequent requests.” You may review these reports by going to the 
Army Records Management Division Reading Room and searching for "Inspector General."

3. Expedited Processing:
Under certain conditions, you may be entitled to have your request processed on an expedited basis. However, in an effort to treat all requesters equitably, DAIG will expedite a FOIA request only in cases in which there are exceptional factors, such as jeopardy to life or personal safety, threatened loss of substantial due process rights, or if the requester demonstrates a “compelling need.” The requester can show compelling need by establishing that his or her failure to obtain the records quickly could reasonably be expected to pose an imminent threat to the life or physical safety of an individual, or if the requester is a person primarily engaged in disseminating information, by demonstrating that an urgency to inform the public concerning actual or alleged Federal Government activity exists. You should include a statement in your FOIA request requesting for expedited processing, if applicable.

For more information on the Freedom of Information Act, go to

Section I - Requester Information


Section II - Description of Records

Section III - Individual Status (Select one or more of the required items below)

Records Release Office
Department of the Army
Office of the Inspector General
1700 Army Pentagon
ATTN: SAIG-JAR, Room 1E132
Washington, DC 20310-1700

Section IV - Fee

Section V - Declaration

If you are requesting records on yourself: 
(By typing your name, dating, and submitting this request, you are signing the declaration below)

I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct, and that I am the individual named above. I understand that any falsification of this statement is punishable under the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Section 1001 by a fine of not more than $10,000, or by imprisonment of not more than five years or both. Requesting or obtaining any record(s) under false pretenses is punishable under the provisions of 5 U.S.C. Section 552a(i)(3) of Title 5, United States Code by a fine of not more than $5,000.