Subpoenas and Court Orders


Federal Agencies

The Defense Finance and Accounting Service FOIA/PA Office does not require federal agencies to obtain a subpoena for records.

All Others

The United States Department of Defense is not subject to the jurisdiction of a State Court. See United States ex rel. Touhy v. Ragen, 340 U.S. 462 (1951), Boron Oil Co. v. Downie, 873 F.2d 67 (4th Cir. 1989); United States v. Bizzard, 674 F.2d 1382 (11th Cir. 1982); United States v. Marino, 658 F.2d 1120 (6th Cir. 1981).  Moreover, personal records and information are protected by the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, 5 U.S.C. §552a; 32 C.F.R. § 97.6(b)(3). 
In light of the above, the FOIA/PA Office will only release personal records in response to the following:
  • Subpoena or Court Order issued and signed by a Federal Judge, United States Attorney or Assistant United States Attorney
  • Authorization from the Individual to whom the records pertain

An individual's agreement (or non-objection) to the issuance of a subpoena does not constitute consent to release his/her personal records or information

Consent Requires:
  • Written/typed statement from the Individual to whom the records pertain, specifically authorizing the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) to release his/her personal records
  • Name and contact information of attorney or individual to whom records are to be released 
  • Individual’s full social security number
  • Description of record(s) to be released
  • Individual’s printed name and signature
  • Date
  • His/her contact information – phone number, mailing address, email
  • Copy (front & back) of Individual’s valid, government-issued (state or federal) photo ID or a Notarized Statement verifying his/her identity
Once you have the appropriate order/subpoena or consent, you may submit your request via one of the methods below.
We prefer to receive submissions via email or fax.

Fax: (317) 275-0391 / Email: 

Postal Mail 
DFAS                                                                                    DFAS
Corporate Communications – FOIA/PA                                FOIA/PA Adherence Division                                                                 
8899 East 56th Street                                                            1240 East Ninth Street, Room 1429
Indianapolis, IN 46249-0150                                                 Cleveland, OH  44199-8006
Fax: (317) 275-0391  /  Email: