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DOD/OS RIN: 0790-AK54 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: DoD Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program; Amendment 

On February 6, 2018 (83 FR 5196-5197), the Department of Defense (DoD) published a final rule at 32 CFR part 286 that revised DoD Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulation, to implement the FOIA and incorporate the provisions of the Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National Government Act of 2007, and the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. Subsequent to publication of the February 6, 2018, final rule, DoD is finalizing amendments to update the listed designated FOIA Requester Service Centers and to correct language concerning the FOIA Public Liaison.

According to the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. 552, an agency may, in its regulation, designate those components that can receive FOIA requests. Additionally, the FOIA requires agencies to establish FOIA Public Liaisons, who are responsible for assisting in reducing delays, increasing transparency, understanding the status of requests, and assisting in the resolution of disputes. DoD’s revisions of the rule seek only to update the list of designated FOIA Requester Service Centers listed in 286.3 and correct language concerning the FOIA Public Liaison role from Mediation to Dispute Resolution, found in 286.4. 


Agency: Department of Defense(DOD)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 32 CFR 286   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/02/2020  85 FR 39856   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/31/2020 
Final Action  03/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Darrell Williams
Freedom of Information Analyst
Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary
4800 Mark Center Drive, Room 08F09-02,
Alexandria, VA 22311-1882
Phone:571 372-0464