The mission of the Freedom of Information (FOIA) and Privacy Act Oﬃce is to provide timely access to DTRA records upon receipt of a FOIA or Privacy Act request.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
The FOIA, as amended, generally provides that any person has the right to request access to federal agency records or information. Federal agencies are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request for them, except for those records that are protected from disclosure by any of the nine exemptions or three exclusions of the FOIA.
REQUESTING INFORMATION THROUGH THE FOIA
To obtain DTRA records, you must submit a FOIA request. For questions regarding how to submit a proper FOIA request, see DTRA FOIA Handbook for further guidance.
Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Office of General Counsel/FOIA
8725 John J. Kingman Road STOP 6201
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6201
FOIA/Privacy Hotline: (703) 767-1792
For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the official DoD FOIA website.
Privacy Act of 1974
The purpose of the Privacy Act 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 their personal information. The Privacy Act permits an individual to gain access to records or any information pertaining to that individual which is contained in a system of records, subject to certain limitations and exemptions. A "systems of records" is deﬁned as "a group of records under the control of any agency 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). A list and description of the systems of records maintained by DTRA can be found here.
To submit a Privacy Act request, you will be required to verify your identity. This verification is required in order to protect your privacy and to ensure that private information about you is not disclosed inappropriately to someone else. Whenever you request information about yourself you will be asked to provide either a notarized statement or a statement signed under penalty of perjury stating that you are the person who you say you are. You may provide your full name and current address and either (1) have your signature on your request letter witnessed by a notary, or (2) include the following statement immediately above the signature on your request letter: "I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on [date]." If you request information about yourself and do not follow one of these procedures, your request cannot be processed.
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.
For more information, please visit the official DoD Privacy website