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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

To assist you with your request, we have provided information on the procedures, rules and regulations pertinent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ processing of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Also provided are links to various sites, which you may find helpful in understanding and interpreting the Act. To submit a request, refer to the sample letter below and fax or email to the USACE Galveston District Office of Counsel at 409-766-3165 (fax) or email

Sample Letter

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Galveston District, Corps of Engineers
P. O. BOX 1229
Galveston, Texas 77553-1229

Galveston FOIA Officer,

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552).

I request that a copy of the following document(s) be provided to me: [identify the documents as specifically as possible].

In order to help you determine my status for the purpose of assessing fees, you should know that I am [insert one of the descriptions below]

        a representative of the news media affiliated with the _______ newspaper (magazine, television station, etc.), and this request is made as part of news gathering and not for a commercial use.
        affiliated with an educational or noncommercial scientific institution, and this request is made for a scholarly or scientific purpose and not for a commercial use.

        affiliated with a private business and am seeking information for use in the company’s business.
        an individual seeking information for personal use and not for a commercial use.

     I am willing to pay the appropriate fees for this request up to a maximum of $___. If you estimate that the fees will exceed this limit, please inform me first.

     I also include a telephone number and email address where I can be contacted if necessary to discuss any aspect of my request.

                                Your Name
                                City, State, Zip Code
                                Telephone number

FAX number 409-766-3165 or email

Additional Assistance

For additional assistance in submitting a request, see the Army Citizens Guide or the Department of Defense’s FOIA Handbook. The Guide and the Handbook provide advice on the rules of the FOIA and how to submit a FOIA request to Army and Defense Department Agencies.

Visit the USACE HQ's FOIA site for procedures, rules and regulations pertinent to processing FOIA requests.

Galveston District Office of Counsel

Mailing Address:

USACE Galveston District
P.O. Box 1229
Galveston, TX 77553-1229

Phone: 409-766-3199