32 CFR 518.5 - Authority.
(a) This part governs written FOIA requests from members of the public. It does not preclude the release of personnel or other records to agencies or individuals in the Federal Government for use in official work.
(b) Soldiers and civilian employees of the Department of the Army (DA) may, as private citizens, request DA or other agencies' records under the FOIA. They must prepare requests at their own expense and on their own time. They may not use Government equipment, supplies, or postage to prepare personal FOIA requests. It is not necessary for soldiers or civilian employees to go through the chain of command to request information under the FOIA.
(c) Requests for DA records processed under the FOIA may be denied only in accordance with the FOIA (5 U.S.C. 552(b)), as implemented by this part. Guidance on the applicability of the FOIA is also found in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).
(d) Release of some records may also be affected by the programs that created them. They are discussed in the following regulations:
(1) AR 20-1 (Inspector General activities and procedures);
(2) AR 27-10 (military justice);
(3) AR 27-20 (claims);
(4) AR 27-40 (litigation: release of information and appearance of witnesses);
(5) AR 27-60 (intellectual property);
(6) AR 36-2 (Government Accounting Office audits);
(7) AR 40-66, AR 40-68, and AR 40-400 (medical records);
(8) AR 70-31 (technical reports);
(9) AR 20-1, AR 385-40 and DA Pam 385-40 (aircraft accident investigations);
(10) AR 195-2 (criminal investigation activities);
(11) AR 190-45 (Military Police records and reports);
(13) AR 380-5 and DoD 5200.1-R (national security classified information);
(14) AR 380-5 paragraph 7-101e (policies and procedures for allowing persons outside the Executive Branch to do unofficial historical research in classified Army records);
(16) AR 381-45 (U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command investigation files);
(17) AR 385-40 (safety reports and records);
(18) AR 600-8-104 (military personnel information management records);
(19) AR 600-85 (alcohol and drug abuse records);
(20) AR 608-19 (family advocacy records); and
(21) AR 690 (series civilian personnel records, FAR, DoD Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and the Army Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (AFARS) procurement matters).