Fort Riley, Kansas

 

Directorate of Human Resources


Welcome!

The DHR directs the activities of sustaining the human dimension needs of Soldiers, retirees, veterans, and their Families. These activities include Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP), Central In/Out Processing, casualty affairs, separations, ID card/DEERS services, ACAP, retirement services, and the full spectrum of military personnel office services; Educational Services for Soldiers and eligible civilians and Family Members; the Army Substance Abuse Program; the Administrative Services/Records Management function; as well as the Army Civilian Workforce Development Program.

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The Fort Riley Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Office is responsible for the management of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) & Privacy Act (PA) in accordance with 5 USC, and Public Law 106-554. The office staff provides information to military members, Department of Defense civilians, military family members, the American public, Congress and the news media.

Fort Riley FOIA Point of Contact:
Directorate of Human Resources
Administrative Services Division
ATTN: FOIA Officer
210 Custer Ave,Basement, Room 06
Fort Riley, KS 66442
Phone (785) 239-3759

References that can assist you:
The Department of the Army Freedom of Information Act Program Army Regulation 25-55
Citizen's Guide: using the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974 to request government records.
Fort Riley FOIA Request For Information (FR Form 32):requestor should complete and provide to the Fort Riley FOIA Office for processing.
RMDA FOIA Electronic Reading Room: Records Management and Declassification Agency
Department of Justice Listing of FOIA Electronic Reading Rooms

What is the FOIA?

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.

Enacted in 1966, the FOIA established for the first time an effective statutory right of access to government information. The principles of government openness and accountability underlying the FOIA, however, are inherent in the democratic ideal: "The basic purpose of [the] FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed." The Supreme Court has emphasized that "official information that sheds light on an agency's performance of its statutory duties falls squarely within that statutory purpose."

This was emphasized also in the statement of FOIA policy issued by President Clinton on Oct. 4, 1993, in which he called upon all federal agencies to renew their commitment to the Act and to enhance its effectiveness as a vital mechanism of government openness and accountability:

"For more than a quarter century now, the Freedom of Information Act has played a unique role in strengthening our democratic form of government. The statute was enacted based upon the fundamental principle that an informed citizenry is essential to the democratic process and that the more the American people know about their government the better they will be governed. Openness in government is essential to accountability and the Act has become an integral part of that process."

On Monday, December 31, 2007, President Bush signed into law the following changes to the Freedom of Information Act:

S. 2488, the "Openness Promotes Effectiveness in our National Government Act of 2007'", which amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by: (1) establishing a definition of "a representative of the news media;" (2) directing that required attorney fees be paid from an agency's own appropriation rather than from the Judgment Fund; (3) prohibiting an agency from assessing certain fees if it fails to comply with FOIA deadlines; and (4) establishing an Office of Government Information Services in the National Archives and Records Administration to review agency compliance with FOIA.
The Administrative Services Division provides oversight and management of the following programs: Records Management, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, Publications and Forms Management, as well as the Postal Operations Center and Official Mail and Distribution. In addition, this office has responsibility for Fort Riley office symbols, the Fort Riley Bulletin, and the Fort Riley Staff Directory.

We are located at 210 Custer Avenue, Basement, Room 06.

Office hours are 0730-1200 and 1300-1630, Monday-Friday.

Office staff can be reached at the phone numbers below.

Division Chief: 240-0360

FOIA/PA: 239-3759

Records Management: 239-2901

Records Holding Area: 239-2742

Installation Postal Officer: 239-2228

Postal Operations Center: 239-5411

Publications and Forms: 239-3283