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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Defense Health Agency (DHA) Freedom of Information Service Center has principal authority to ensure Health Affairs (HA), DHA, and its components are in full compliance with the FOIA.

Under FOIA, Federal agencies and components are required to make records available to the public unless one of nine (9) specific exemptions authorizes their withholding. Only Federal Executive Branch agencies and components must comply with FOIA. FOIA does not extend to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies, as each state has its own public access laws that should be consulted for access to state and local records.

*The best way to submit a FOIA Request is electronically through the "FOIA Request Form" link at the left. If you need to submit your request by mail, use the mailing address below:

DHA Freedom of Information Service Center

DHA Freedom of Information Service Center
7700 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 5101
Falls Church, Virginia 22042-5101
Phone: 1-703-275-6363
Fax: 1-703-275-6386
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Acting Liaison Officer

If you are concerned about service received from the HA/DHA FOIA Service Center, please contact the FOIA Liaison Officer at:

Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office
ATTN: Ms. Rahwa A. Keleta
Acting Chief, Freedom of Information Service Center
Defense Health Agency
7700 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 5101
Falls Church, VA 22042-5101
Phone: 1-703-275-6363

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