The Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. Sec. 552 (as amended by the OPEN Government Act of 2007, Pub. L. No. 110-175, 121 Stat. 2524) gives the public the right to access any Department of the Navy records unless the information in those records is protected by one or more of the nine exemptions that qualify an Agency’s need to withhold records from a requester, and there is a sound legal basis to withhold them. The Department of the Navy adheres to the policy and disclosure regulations set forth in 32 CFR Chapter VI Part 701, to implement the FOIA uniformly and consistently and to provide maximum allowable disclosure of agency records upon request by an individual.
To provide access to Department of the Navy's documents through a citizen-centered services and a results-oriented Freedom of Information Act program in accordance with all Federal laws and Department of Justice, Defense, and Navy regulations.
The vision of the Department of the Navy's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) program is to create a cohesive and effective knowledge-sharing environment throughout the FOIA community using technological tools, and internal as well as external websites, while safeguarding sensitive information in response to FOIA requests in accordance with Federal laws and regulations as well as Department of Defense and Navy policies and guidance. The Department of Navy FOIA staff is committed to providing the public with excellent customer service as well as access to disclosable agency documents in accordance with the appropriate laws and regulations.