The Defense Security Service (DSS), Office of FOIA and Privacy, is located at DSS Headquarters, 27130 Telegraph Rd., Quantico, VA 22134-2253. The program office is responsible for administering policies, programs, and procedures to ensure DSS compliance with the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. 552 and 5 U.S.C. 552a, respectively.
For FOIA requesters seeking status updates and information about requests which were sent to the 27130 Telegraph Rd., Quantico, VA 22134 address, the initial point of contact can be reached by calling 571-305-6740 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Requesters who wish to raise concerns about the service received from the DSS Office of FOIA and Privacy can contact the DSS FOIA Public Liaison by faxing their concern to to 571-305-6931. 571-305-6931 or 571-305-6925 or emailing email@example.com. Please understand that the DSS Public Liaison can only address concerns about the service received from the Office of FOIA and Privacy, not the specific status of an individual's FOIA or Privacy Act request.
Individuals seeking access to DSS information under the FOIA, should address written inquiries to: Defense Security Service (DSS), Office of FOIA and Privacy, 27130 Telegraph Rd., Quantico, VA 22134. Written inquiries can also be emailed to DSS at firstname.lastname@example.org or by facsimile (FAX) to 571-305-6931.
Written requests for DSS records may be made by any member of the public (U.S. or foreign citizen), an organization, or business, but not including a Federal agency or a fugitive from the law. All written inquiries for access to DSS records must reasonably describe the records being sought and the record requested must exist and be controlled by DSS at the time of the request. There is no obligation for DSS to create or compile a record to satisfy a FOIA request.
Since not all requesters are knowledgeable of the appropriate statutory authority (FOIA or PA) to cite when requesting records, the following guidelines are provided for your information:
As a general rule, the following types of DSS records may possibly be withheld in whole or in part from public disclosure under the FOIA, unless otherwise prescribed by law:
5 U.S.C. § 552 (a) (2) (A) Records – Final opinions and orders made in the adjudication of cases that may be cited, used, or relied upon as precedents in future adjudications.
5 U.S.C. § 552 (a) (2) (B) Records – Statements of policy and interpretations that have been adopted by the agency and are not published in the Federal Register.
5 U.S.C. § 552 (a) (2) (C) Records – Administrative staff manuals and instructions, or portions thereof, that establish DoD policy or interpretations of policy that affect the public.
5 U.S.C. § 552 (a) (2) (D) Records – Records released to the public, under the FOIA, that are or will likely become the subject of subsequent requests.
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MDR is a mechanism through which the public can request declassification review of classified records, regardless of age or origin, subject to certain limitations set forth in Executive Order (E.O.) 13526, as amended, "Classified National Security Information". MDR requests for the Defense Security Service (DSS) classified records must be in writing and state that the request is a MDR request under section 3.5 of E.O. 13526, as amended. The request must describe the document(s) with sufficient specificity to enable the agency to locate them with a reasonable amount of effort. For DSS originated records, submit the MDR request to:
DSS Declassification Activity
Office of FOIA/PA
27130 Telegraph Rd.
Quantico, VA 22134
The requester should receive a response from the agency within one year of the request; otherwise the requester has the right to file an appeal with the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP). Reference: http://www.archives.gov/declassification/iscap/index.html. If the agency (DSS) denies the initial request, it must notify the requester of the right to file an administrative appeal and provide the address to which the appeal should be sent. MDR appeals must first be administratively appealed with the denying agency before filing an appeal with ISCAP. Appeals for a denial from the DSS can be sent to the address identified above. For records held by other Agencies, see the list in the Federal Register indicating to which person or office the MDR request should be submitted (http://www.archives.gov/isoo/contact/mdr-contact.html).