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Freedom of Information Act


What is FOIA?

The Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. Sec. 552) provides the public to request records, unless the information in those records is protected by one or more of the nine exemptions that qualify an agency’s need to withhold records from a requester, and there is a sound legal basis to withhold them.

The Department of the Navy adheres to the policy and disclosure regulations set forth in 32 CFR Chapter VI Part 701, to implement the FOIA uniformly and consistently and to provide maximum allowable disclosure of agency records upon request by an individual.

Other links include Defense Link and U.S. Navy FOIA.

Currently, the law allows 20 working days to process a FOIA request upon receipt of the request in the FOIA office.

How to Make a FOIA Request

The Navy has an established Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website for submitting requests online by clicking here.

If you are unsatisfied with the response of your request, you may contact the Navy FOIA Public Liaison at, (703) 697-0031. 

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