Submit a Freedom of Information Act Request

Before submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, please check to see if the information you are looking for is available in our Electronic Reading Room, or listed under another category on our website.

FOIA/PA laws do not require the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) to conduct research for you, analyze data, answer written questions, complete affidavits or create records in response to a request.

The FOIA/PA Office is not a repository for documents maintained or released by the DFAS. Requests received in this office will be forwarded to the functional area that has the responsibility for the subject matter requested.

DFAS was established in 1991. Therefore, we do not have any records for individuals who were federal civilian employees prior to our existence. Please direct your request to the National Archives and Records Administration.

Frequently Asked Questions

Prepare your request

  • Provide a detailed description of what documents you are looking for:
    • Type of document or report
    • Form name/number
    • Specific information you are seeking
    • Specific timeframe(s); we cannot conduct a search for “any and all”  records
    • Contract request MUST include:
      • Contract Number(s) (Requests without contract numbers will be returned to you as Unperfected)
      • Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and/or Cage Code
  • State either, your willingness to pay all FOIA search and copy fees, or the maximum you are willing to pay.  If you do not specify a maximum amount, we will assume you will pay up to $250.  If the estimated fees exceed $250, we will contact you prior to performing a search.  (Read how FOIA fees are estimated)
  • If requesting a fee waiver, you must provide justification to support your request. The inability to pay fees is not a legal basis for granting a waiver.
  • Include your complete postal mailing address, phone number and email address (if applicable)

Submit your request

Army & Air Force (Active/Reserve/Guard), Civilian payroll records, and other agencies:
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
Corporate Communications
FOIA/PA Adherence Division
8899 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46249-0150

Fax: (317) 275-0391

Email: dfas.foia@mail.mil

Online: https://www.foia.gov

Navy & Marine Corps (Active/Reserve/Guard), Retired & Annuitant Pay, Garnishment, Civilian payroll records and other agencies:
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
FOIA/PA Adherence Division
1240 East Ninth Street, Room 1429
Cleveland, OH 44199-8006

Fax: (317) 275-0391

Email: dfas.foia@mail.mil

Online: https://www.foia.gov

You should receive a response within 20 business days of date we receive your request.  Delays such as legal review/clarification or document retrieval from our external records’ centers may extend this time.