Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 United States Code 552 (5 U.S.C. § 552) is a federal law that allows for the full or partial disclosure of information and documents controlled by the United States government. The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures, and grants nine exemptions to the statute. Any "person" may file a FOIA request, including U.S. citizens, foreign nationals, organizations, universities, businesses, and state and local governments.
The Department of the Navy implements the Freedom of Information Act through Secretary of the Navy Instruction (SECNAVINST) 5720.42F , "Department of the Navy Freedom of Information Act Program."
Submit a FOIA Request
Complete below tasks when submitting a request:
- Ensure "FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT REQUEST" or "FOIA" is stated within your request and on the envelope.
- 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. Such detail should include descriptive information, time-frame to be searched, etc. Because most Navy records are not retained permanently, the more information provided, the better opportunity there is to determine if the records would still exist and where. The FOIA clearly states that records must exist at the time the request is submitted to be considered.
- State your willingness to pay all fees or those up to a specified amount or provide a justification to support a fee waiver. Agreements to pay all fees are considered to be up to $250.00, unless another amount is specified.
- Include your complete postal service mailing address on your request. While it is not necessary, it can be helpful if you provide a personal email address. This expedites communication and the release of any responsive documents, in addition to saving postage costs. If you choose not to provide an email address, this will not impact the handling of your request. Provide enough information for NAWCWD to identify your fee category.
Send your request to:
Commander (Code K70000D)
NAWCWD FOIA Coordinator
1 Administration Circle, STOP 1009
China Lake, CA 93555-6100
Or fax your request to: (760) 939-0679