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Freedom of Information Act

Since 1967, the Freedom of Information Act has provided the public the right to request access to records from any federal agency. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Federal agencies are required to disclose any information requested under the FOIA unless it falls under one of nine exemptions which protect interests such as personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.

To help you determine if filing a FOIA request is the best option for you, visit

DHA Freedom of Information Service Center

The Defense Health Agency Freedom of Information Service Center has principal authority to ensure 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 method to submit a FOIA Request to DHA is online via the National FOIA Portal at  Click “Start Request”, then type “Defense Health Agency” into the search box.

DHA Freedom of Information Service Center
7700 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 5101
Falls Church, Virginia 22042-5101
Phone: 1-703-275-6017
Fax: 1-703-275-6386
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DHA FOIA Public Liaison

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

ATTN: DHA FOIA Public Liaison
Defense Health Agency
7700 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 5101
Falls Church, VA  22042-5101
Phone: 1-703-275-6017

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