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The Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552) provides that any person has a right to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portion of them) are protected from public disclosure by one of the nine exemptions or by one of the three special law enforcement record exclusions. How to submit your FOIA request (requests must include):

  1. The description of the specific record(s) you are seeking with enough detail so a knowledgeable agency official may locate the record(s) with a reasonable amount of effort.  Such detail should include descriptive information, timeframe to searched, full names, and any pertinent information that may assist in identifying the subject of the request.

  2. An indication of your willingness to pay all fees or those up to a specified amount or provide a justification to support a fee waiver.

  3. Your name, address (including zip code), and telephone number

Where to submit your request:

  • FOIAonline. FOIAonline allows you to request information from participating FOIAonline agencies.  The Department of the Navy is a participating agency.

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