The Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552) allows members of the public to obtain a wide range of information from agencies of the federal government, including the Department of the Navy (DON) and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).
In the Department of the Navy, FOIA is addressed in Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5720.42F, "Department of the Navy Freedom of Information Act Program" (SECNAVINST 5720.42F).
For additional information on FOIA and the Privacy Act, refer to the Department of the Navy's "FOIA Online" prepared by the Navy Office of General Counsel. If you are unfamiliar with the FOIA process, it is highly recommended that you visit FOIA Online. It will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the FOIA process as well as related web links.
Military, Federal and local law enforcement agencies requesting records should contact the NCIS Records Management Branch
How to Submit a FOIA request:
- Describe the specific record(s) you are seeking with enough detail so that a knowledgeable agency official may locate the record(s) with a reasonable amount of effort. Such detail should include descriptive information, timeframe to be searched, full names, and any other pertinent information that may assist in identifying the subject of the request.
- State your willingness to pay all fees or those up to a specified amount or provide a justification to support a fee waiver.
- Be sure to include your name, address (including zip code) and telephone number.
FOIA requests should be submitted electronically via FOIA Online.
How to submit PA Request:
Individuals seeking access to records about themselves contained in a system of records should follow the same guidelines as submitting a FOIA request via FOIA Online. PA requests must contain the full name of the individual and at least one additional personal identifier such as date of birth or Social Security Number.
Contact FOIA Staff
Additional questions on FOIA process and status of requests may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or call:
(571) 305-9092 (voicemails will be returned within one business day).