The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law that establishes the public's right to request existing records from government agencies. Requests for access to records are processed only under the FOIA. The FOIA governs how requests will be processed within the Army. Requests under the FOIA are only for agency "records." The records must exist and be in the possession and control of the agency in order to be subject to the requirements under the FOIA.