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Freedom of Information Act

The purpose of this page is to assist you in requesting various types and categories of public information relating to NSWCCD programs, per the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 USC 552).

NSWCCD maintains records regarding the development, acquisition, modernization, and maintenance of affordable ships and ordnance systems for the United States Navy and Marine Corps, as well as records regarding the Navy's salvage operations and ship and ordnance donation program.

Requests may be sent to:
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division
Office of Counsel
Attn: FOIA Coordinator
9500 MacArthur Blvd.
West Bethesda, MD 20817

For FOIA requesters who may have questions concerning the processing of their requests, please call 301-227-3566.

Please indicate your name, information request, and an email address where you can be reached and representative will contact you shortly.

If you wish to file an electronic FOIA request, go to the Online FOIA Request Form.
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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 general information regarding Privacy Act, please visit the following site: Department of the Navy CIO.

For Navy FOIA visit the following site: http://foia.navy.mil/

Requirements for a valid FOIA request

A valid request must meet the following minimum requirements:

1.  The request must be submitted in writing or by fax.

(a) Verbal (telephone) requests will NOT be honored.
(b) Must clearly indicate that it is a request made under the Freedom of Information Act
(Title 5 U.S.C 552) or the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552 a).
(c) Include your telephone number and complete postal service mailing address on your request.

2. The request must contain a reasonable description of the particular records or documents requested to enable government personnel to locate or identify the particular records or documents with a reasonable amount of effort. Under the FOIA/PA, requestors must ask for specific records or documents rather than information. In addition, avoid structuring your request in such a way that requires a response to question(s). FOIA does not require agencies to answer questions creatively, venture opinions or conduct independent inquiries to satisfy questions from the public.

3. The request must contain a clear statement of the requestor's willingness to pay all assessable processing fees or those up to a specified amount. If the requester believes that fees should be waived, written justification must be provided.

Note: If request contains the statement "We are willing to accept clearly releasable portions of the requested document(s)," you may receive a response in a few days rather than weeks. For example, a contract can be released immediately if the subcontractor plan is excluded.

FOIA requests submitted to NSWCCD may be mailed to:

NSWCCD
Office of Counsel
Attn: FOIA Coordinator
9500 MacArthur Blvd.
West Bethesda, MD 20817
Again, FOIA requests by telephone will not be honored, but for questions on the FOIA process, fax 301-227-1968 or call 301-227-3566.

Initial responses to requests within 20 working days may not include responsive documents if content is protected.

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.
Contact Information

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division
Office of Counsel
Attn: FOIA Coordinator
9500 MacArthur Blvd.
West Bethesda, MD 20817
Phone: 301-227-3566
Fax: 301-227-1968