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Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act

Mission Statement
- The mission of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Office is to provide access to records created by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. This includes the processing of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) initial requests from the general public, and consultations from other DOD and Executive Branch Agencies and Departments.

Freedom of Information Act

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is required under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to disclose records requested in writing by any person. The FOIA as amended directs each Federal Government Agency to provide electronic access to these records. This page was designed for that purpose. These records may reflect deletions of portions of the information in accordance with FOIA's nine exemptions for withholding information. The Department of Defense (DoD) Regulation 5400.7-R, September 1998 provides guidance regarding administration of the FOIA Program within DoD.

Privacy Act of 1974

The Privacy Act (PA) of 1974 (Public Law 93579) 5 U.S.C. 552a has been in effect since September 27, 1975. The purpose of the PA is to balance the government's need to maintain information about individuals with the rights of individuals to be protected against unwarranted invasions of their privacy stemming from federal agencies' collection, maintenance, use, and dissemination of personal information about them.

To submit a PA request, you must be a U.S. citizen and be a legally admitted alien. The request must be in writing, include your SSN and signed. PA records are maintained in a PA systems of records notice. The "systems of records" is defined as "a group of records under the control of a DoD Component from which information is retrieved by the individual's name or by some identifying number, symbol, or other identifying particular assigned to the individuals." (i.e., SSN, ID number, etc).

DoD Security Background Investigation - If you have had a security clearance granted by the DoD and are requesting any information from the investigation, please contact the Defense Security Service.

Privacy Act Guidance Useful Forms DTRA Documents
» Privacy Act of 1974
» Privacy Act Directive DoD 5400.11
» Privacy Act Regulation DoD 5400.11r pdf
» Privacy Act Data Cover Sheet, DD Form 2923 pdf
» Privacy Impact Assessment
» FOIA Handbook pdf

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