FOIA Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I file a FOIA request with USCYBERCOM?

Submit a written request to the United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) FOIA Requester Service Center.

There is no prescribed format for submitting requests. However, certain information is required as outlined in the information regarding requests. A sample letter is available here.


Q. What are my rights under FOIA?

- You have the right to request records under the Freedom of Information Act.
- You have the right to appeal any denial of records under the Freedom of Information Act.
- You have the right to request a "fee waiver" if you can demonstrate that the requested record(s) is in the public interest and not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.
- Under Executive Order 13526, you have the right to request a review of specific documents for declassification and release to the public.

Q. Does USCYBERCOM control the process to request records from before it elevated as a Unified Combatant Command?

Yes. Requests for records that were created prior to the command's elevation on May 4, 2018, are handled by USCYBERCOM FOIA.

Q. Does USCYBERCOM maintain centrally located files?

No. Files are maintained in offices having functional responsibility for the type of record being requested. Consequently, an accurate and specific definition of records requested is very helpful to process the request in a timely manner.

Q. May I submit questions as a FOIA request?

Federal Agencies are not required to answer questions, render opinions, or provide subjective evaluations. A record must exist and be in possession and control of the DoD at the time the FOIA request is received. Federal Agencies are not required to create records in response to a FOIA request.

Q. Who may file a FOIA request?

Any person, including a member of the public (U. S. or foreign citizen/entity), an organization, or a business, but not including a Federal Agency or a fugitive from the law, that either explicitly or implicitly invokes the FOIA, DoD Directive 5400.7.

Q. As a member of the military (active or reserve) or as a Federal Government Civilian Employee, may I use Government facilities to submit a FOIA request?

No. FOIA requests are a personal matter. As such you may not use federal government time, equipment or facilities.

Q. To whom do I address any questions concerning the status of my FOIA Request?

For requests pertaining to USCYBERCOM records, contact or send your inquiry to the USCYBERCOM FOIA Requester Service Center. More information is available here.


 Q. Are there fees associated with filing a FOIA request?

Yes, for certain designated groups there are fees associated, but for others the fees can be waived. For more information about how much your FOIA request might cost, download a fee sheet here.


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