32 CFR 285.4 - Responsibilities.
(a) The Director, Administration and Management (DA&M) shall:
(1) Serve as the DoD Chief FOIA Officer in accordance with E.O. 13392.
(2) Direct and oversee the DoD FOIA Program to ensure compliance with the policies and procedures that govern administration of the program.
(3) Designate the FOIA Public Liaisons for the Department of Defense in accordance E.O. 13392. The FOIA Public Liaisons for OSD, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Combatant Commands shall be appointed from the Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office (DFOIPO).
(4) Prepare and submit to the Attorney General the DoD Annual Freedom of Information Act Report as required by 5 U.S.C. 552 and other reports as required by E.O. 13392.
(5) Serve as the appellate authority for appeals to the decisions of the respective Initial Denial Authorities within OSD, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the DoD Field Activities (listed in DoD 32 CFR part 286), and the Combatant Commands. The DA&M may delegate this responsibility to an appropriate member of the DA&M or Washington Headquarters Services (WHS) staff.
(6) Prepare and maintain a DoD issuance and other discretionary information to ensure timely and reasonably uniform implementation of the FOIA in the Department of Defense.
(b) The Director, WHS, under the authority, direction, and control of the DA&M, shall administer the FOIA Program, inclusive of training, for OSD and the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
(c) The General Counsel of the Department of Defense shall:
(1) Provide uniformity in the legal interpretation of this part.
(2) Ensure affected OSD legal advisors, public affairs officers, and legislative affairs officers are aware of releases through litigation channels that may be of significant public, media, or Congressional interest or of interest to senior DoD officials.
(3) Establish procedures to centralize processing of FOIA litigation documents when deemed necessary.
(d) The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence shall establish uniform procedures regarding the declassification of national security information made pursuant to requests invoking the FOIA.
(e) The Heads of the DoD Components shall:
(1) Internally administer the DoD FOIA Program; publish any instructions necessary for the administration of this part within their Components that are not prescribed by this part or by other DA&M issuances in the Federal Register.
(2) Serve as, or appoint another Component official as, the FOIA appellate authority for the Component.
(3) Establish one or more FOIA Requester Service Centers as prescribed by E.O. 13392.
(4) Submit names of personnel to the DA&M for designation as FOIA Public Liaisons.
(5) Ensure their respective chains of command, affected legal advisors, public affairs officers, and legislative affairs officers are aware of releases through the FOIA, inclusive of releases through litigation channels, that may be of significant public, media, or Congressional interest or of interest to senior DoD officials.
(7) Submit to DFOIPO inputs to the DoD FOIA Annual Report prescribed in DoD 32 CFR part 286 and E.O. 13392.
(8) Make the records specified in 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(2) unless such records are published and copies are offered for sale, available for public inspection and copying in an appropriate facility or facilities according to rules published in the Federal Register. These records shall be made available to the public in both hard copy and electronic formats.
(9) Maintain and make current indices of all records available for public inspection and copying as required by 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(2).