What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)?

The FOIA is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. Under the FOIA, agencies must disclose any information that is requested – unless that information is protected from public disclosure. The FOIA also requires that agencies automatically disclose certain information, including frequently requested records. As Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court have all recognized, the FOIA is a vital part of our democracy. Additionally, in accordance with NEPA regulation 1501.6(a)(1) the Corps shall make the finding of no significant impact available to the affected public without a FOIA request.


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The Freedom of Information Act generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.

To obtain a copy of a record currently possessed by the Honolulu District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, submit a written request describing the records requested and your willingness to pay the applicable fees. You may use our request form, but any written request will be processed. Requests may be submitted by email, fax, or postal mail.

There is no initial fee required to submit a FOIA request, but the FOIA does provide for the charging of certain types of fees in some instances. For a typical requester we can charge for the time it takes to search for records and for duplication of those records.

Contact Information

Regulatory Office
Building 230
Fort Shafter, HI  96858-5440
(808) 835-4303

Guam Field Office
Apra Harbor Naval Complex
PSC 455 Box 188
FPO, AP 96540-1088  Guam
(671) 339-2108