Requests pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) should be submitted to the FOIA Office for the Army Corps of Engineers division, district, center or laboratory that you believe has the documents you are seeking. Each Army Corps of Engineers division, district, center or laboratory has a FOIA Office to process requests for their own records. Directing your request to the local office that has the documents you want, will speed up the Army Corps of Engineer's response to your request. For a list of all Army Corps of Engineers FOIA Offices and Service Centers, please visit the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters website at http://www.usace.army.mil/FOIA/Offices.aspx.
For Memphis District documents, please submit a FOIA request to the following:
USACE Memphis District
167 North Main St - B-202
Memphis, TN 38103-1894
- Requests must be in writing, and should include the notation "Freedom of Information Act Request" on the front of the envelope and also at the beginning of the letter.
- No special form is required for a FOIA request, but a Sample request is provided in the Defense Department FOIA Handbook.
- Electronic requests are permitted unless a signature is required, such as a request for records subject to the Privacy Act. Electronic requests should include the notation "Freedom of Information Act Request" in the subject.
- Requests must state a willingness to pay the applicable fees and must describe the documents requested in sufficient detail to allow the FOIA Office to locate them with a reasonable amount of effort.
- In making a request you should be as specific as possible with regard to names, titles, dates, places, events, subjects, recipients, type of document, the offices likely to maintain the documents, etc.
- A FOIA request can be made for any agency document. This does not mean, however, that all documents will be disclosed. There are statutory exemptions that authorize the withholding of information of a sensitive nature. Additionally, you should be aware that the FOIA does not require FOIA Offices to do research for you, to analyze data, to answer written questions, or to create records in order to respond to a request.
When a FOIA Office receives your FOIA request, it will ordinarily send you a letter acknowledging the request. If you do not provide the necessary information, the Office will advise you of what additional information is required before further processing your request. In order to protect your privacy as well as the privacy of others, 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 that you say you are.
For further details on the Freedom of Information Act, please see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters webpage at http://www.usace.army.mil/FOIA.aspx