Freedom of Information Act

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.

To submit a FOIA request:

Mail: Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives
Public Affairs Office
6160 Guardian Gateway
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005

FOIA requestors who have any questions concerning the processing of their requests with ACWA Headquarters or its two project sites should call 410-436-5294.


Department of the Army Freedom of Information Act Guide
Army Regulation 25-55 (Freedom of Information Act Program)
Army Regulation 340-21 (The Army Privacy Program)

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