To help ensure proper processing, all FOIA requests should adhere to the following:

1. Describe the specific record(s) you are seeking with enough detail so that a knowledgeable official of the activity may locate the record with a reasonable amount of effort (include descriptive information, time-frame to be searched, contract number, program title and contracting officer, if known).  The FOIA clearly states that records must exist at the time the request is submitted to be considered.

2. State your willingness to pay all fees or those up to a specified amount.

3. Indicate whether or not you are willing to accept clearly releasable documents.  A requester asking for clearly releasable documents may speedup request processing time and lower costs. Also, a requester never waives the right to later request redacted information.

The term "clearly releasable" is used here to specify information that has been previously released or for which there is no legitimate issue under the law regarding its release. The government may object to the release of information because it may be classified (Exemption 1), internal procedural (Exemption 2), critical technology - Distribution Statement "C" or "D" (Exemption 3), pre-decisional (Exemption 5), or privacy (Exemption 6 or 7(C)). Submitters may object to the release of contract line item pricing, subcontract plans, banking information, and proprietary technical data (Exemption 4). "Clearly releasable" documents have been redacted to eliminate these categories of information.

4. Include your complete personal contact information, including mailing address, telephone number and email address.  This expedites communication and release of any responsive documents. If you chose not to provide the above information it will not impact the handling of your request.

If the documents you seek are held by NAVAIR or NAWCAD Patuxent River, MD, you may use any one of the following methods to submit a Freedom of Information Act request:

NAWCAD Office of Counsel

Attn: FOIA Officer

47076 Liljencrantz Rd, BLDG 435

Patuxent River, MD 20670