Submit an Appeal


The DoD OIG will process appeals for responses to FOIA requests processed by the DoD OIG FOIA Office.

FOIA Requesters may appeal adverse determinations, such as the denial of requested records in whole or in part, the adequacy of the record search, and the denial of expedited processing. Further information on the appeal process is provided in 32 C.F.R. Part 286, sec. 286.9(e) and 286.11.

Please note that requesting further review of an Inspector General investigation or appealing the determination of a complaint is not appropriate for appeal through FOIA.

Appeals for responses provided by other DoD components must be submitted to their respective appellate authorities. More information on other DoD components is available at

Requesters can submit appeals to the DoD OIG using one of the following methods:

1.  Email  Send your appeal via email to

Your appeal must clearly identify the determination that you would like to appeal, and reference the FOIA case number.

2.  Postal Mail or Courier  – Submit your request by mail to:

Department of Defense Office of Inspector General
DoD OIG FOIA Requester Service Center
ATTN:  FOIA Appellate Authority, Suite 10B24
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1500

3.  Facsimile (Fax) – Submit your request by facsimile to: (571) 372-7498

Guidelines for Submitting an Appeal

Appeals must be submitted in writing and postmarked or electronically submitted within 90 calendar days after the date provided in the response letter.

The correspondence must clearly identify the determination that is being appealed and the assigned request number.

To assist in processing, the appeal should be clearly marked "FOIA Appeal" on the letter and envelope or electronic transmission subject line.