USNA | Processing Request

Processing Your Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Requests

Upon receipt of a "perfected" Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)  or Privacy Act (PA) request, the request will be entered into FOIA online and a unique tracking number will be generated.  The 20 working day statutory timeframe begins when the United States Naval Academy (USNA) receives a "perfected" request. Working days are  Monday-Friday, federal holidays and weekends are not included when calculating the 20 day statutory timeframe.

Requesters will be given the tracking number corresponding to their request, and from FOIA online, the requesters can track the status of their request(s) by tracking number, search for requests submitted by others, and access previously released records.

The Academy will process requests based on the date of receipt, amount of work and time involved in processing the request, and whether the request qualifies for expedited processing (FOIA only).  The USNA will inform the requester of its decision to grant or deny access to the requested records within 20 working days of receiving the perfected request.

In some instances, information sought in a FOIA request may be withheld from disclosure under one or more of the nine FOIA exemptions (5 U.S.C. §552 (b)(1) through (b)(9)):

In some instances, information sought in a PA request may be withheld from disclosure under one or more of the ten PA exemptions (5 U.S.C. §552a):

 
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