What is FOIA?
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government. The purpose of this page is to assist you in requesting various types and categories of public information relating to NCIS programs, per the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 USC 552).
NCIS maintains records regarding the GDMA, Casualties, and General Crimes for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, as well as records regarding NCIS Annual Crime Reports and Administrative Manuals.
Frequently requested records are posted in our Electronic Reading Room. Please check our Reading Room before submitting a FOIA request.
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 Privacy Act 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. Privacy Act 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.
FOIA requesters who may have questions concerning the processing of their requests, should contact the NCIS FOIA Liaison at 571-305-9092 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate your name, information request, and an email address where you can be reached and representative will contact you shortly.
If you are not satisfied with the response from this center, you may contact the DON FOIA Public Liaison at 202-685-0412 or DONFOIA_PA@navy.mil.
For Navy FOIA visit the following site: http://foia.navy.mil/
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, visit FOIA Online. It will provide a comprehensive overview of the FOIA process as well as related web links.