Initial Denial Authority
When information is withheld, whether partially or fully, this constitutes a denial under FOIA. A request may be denied for one or more of the FOIA exemptions.
When this happens, you will be notified in writing by an Initial Denial Authority (IDA) and given appeal rights. IDAs are denial authorities for records that fall under their functional areas as listed in Appendix A.
If your request is denied partially you will receive information that has portions deleted. Redacted records have the denied information removed from where it was originally located within the document.
The appropriate exemption(s) for deletion of the information should be listed next to the sanitized area(s) on the document. There are usually two methods for sanitizing a document; one is to blacken out the denied information, and the other is to completely remove it.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
INITIAL DENIAL AUTHORITY (IDA) AND OTHER POINTS OF CONTACT (POC)
DEPARTMENT OF ARMY FOIA/PA OFFICE
U.S. Army Freedom of Information and Privacy Office
SERVES AS THE ARMY'S FOCAL POINT IN COMPLIANCE WITH TITLE 5 USC 552 AND 552a, 32 CFR 518 AND 505, DoD 5400.7-R, 5400.11-R, AR 25-55 AND AR 340-21. RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT OF THE ARMY-WIDE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT (FOIA), PRIVACY ACT (PA), AND QUALITY OF INFORMATION (QIP) PROGRAMS IN ACCORDANCE WITH 5 USC, AND PUBLIC LAW 106-554. CONDUCTS PRIVACY ACT REVIEWS OF RECORDS REQUESTED BY EXECUTIVE, JUDICIAL, OR LEGISLATIVE BRANCH ACTIVITIES; AND CLAIMS FOR CORRECTION OF INFORMATION MAINTAINED AND DISSEMINATED TO THE PUBLIC BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ARMY. MAINTAINS THE ARMY FOIA READING ROOM AND THE ELECTRONIC READING ROOM. RESPONSIBLE TO COMPILE AND VALIDATE THE ARMY'S ANNUAL FOIA REPORT SUBMISSION AS REQUIRED BY 5 USC.
THIS OFFICE IS NOT A REPOSITORY FOR DOCUMENTS MAINTAINED OR RELEASED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY. THIS OFFICE ACTS ONLY ON REQUESTS WHICH WERE SENT DIRECTLY TO THIS AGENCY BY FORWARDING THEM TO THE ACTIVITY THAT HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE SUBJECT MATTER REQUESTED.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
U.S. ARMY FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PRIVACY OFFICE
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7701 TELEGRAPH ROAD
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COMM: (703) 428-6508
FAX: (703) 428-6522
APPEALS OF DENIAL OF RECORDS MADE BY ARMY IDA’S MUST BE SENT THROUGH THE DENYING IDA TO THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY (ATTN: OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL). APPELLATE AUTHORITY FOR THE U.S. ARMY RESIDES WITH:
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL
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WASHINGTON, DC 20310-0104
COMM: (703) 693-3669
FAX: (703) 614-1362