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Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) and as a precaution to the public all VACO FOIA Service Office Staff in the National Capital Region are on telework status.  If you have questions concerning a request please contact:

Jay Riahi 
VACO FOIA Officer
202-322-3652

 

 

COVID19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Freedom of Information Act Offices have implemented maximum telework flexibilities to protect its employees and their communities.

During this time, personnel will not have access to requests submitted to FOIA Offices via hard copy mail.  There will be a delay in response to such correspondence, processing of requests, and appeals. We encourage you to file your new request(s) or appeal(s) using our electronic submission form at www.va.gov/FOIA/Requests.asp or email to VACOFOIAService@va.gov.  You can also submit your request through the National FOIA Portal “Start your request” at www.foia.gov.   Please read the instructions carefully to ensure your submission is delivered to the correct agency and department.

To confirm receipt of a previously filed request, appeal, or for status inquiries, please contact us at (202) 322-3652 or by email.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding.

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Subrogation - Request for VA Billing

Complete the form and fax it to the specific VAMC. You can find the facility by clicking the link:  https://www.va.gov/OGC/docs/Collections/Request_for_VA_Billing.pdf

For CHAMPVA - Use the same process as above, just a different form. Click the link for facilities: https://www.va.gov/OGC/docs/Collections/CHAMPVA_Request_for_VA_Billing.pdf

For status updates, please contact the Facility Revenue Staff and locate the appropriate office.

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Who We Are?

The VA has a decentralized system for handling FOIA requests, and is responsible for the oversight of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Our office also ensures the release of information to the fullest extent under the law.

What We Do

VA FOIA Service ensures that VA policies comply with Federal regulatory requirements and legislative mandates and it promulgates those policies throughout the VA.

What is FOIA? 

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) states that any person has a right of access to Federal agency records, except to the extent that such records are protected from release by a FOIA exemption or a special law enforcement record exclusion. All FOIA requests should be addressed directly to any of the approximately 400 geographically-dispersed components that maintain the records you are seeking. To learn more about FOIA Law, Guidance, and VA FOIA Regulations and Policies click the content inside the tabbed menu. 

To learn more about FOIA Law, Guidance, and VA FOIA Regulations and Policies click the content inside the tabbed menu.

Regulations and Policies

VA Directive 6300 Records and Information Management - 02/26/09
VA Handbook 6300.3  Procedures for Implementing the FOIA 01/12/98
CFR 38 Part 1 & 2 Release of Information from DVA Records
CFR 1.460 - 1.474 Release of Information from DVA Records (Drug Abuse)
CFR 1.475 - 1.484 Disclosures With Patient Consent
CFR 1.485 - 1.489 Disclosures Without Patient Consent
CFR 1.490 - 1.499 Court Orders Authorizing Disclosures and Use
CFR 1.500 - 1.527 Release of Information from DVA Claimant Records
CFR 1.575 - 1.584 Safeguarding Personal Information in DVA Records
   

 

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