The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a Federal law that establishes the public’s right to request existing records from Federal government agencies. Any ‘person’ can file a request. This includes citizens, organizations, colleges, businesses and more. Requests can only be made for existing records.
Instructions for Filing a FOIA Request with USMC and Camp Lejeune
1. Clearly state on your request that it is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
2. Make sure to have it signed by the person for the request – yourself, a 3rd party (insurance agency, attorney, etc.).
3. Description of specific existing records that you are requesting in order to help locate the records. Include sufficient file-related info (title, subject area, creation date, etc.) or relevant information that will aid in a targeted search. The more detail, the better!
Note: Because most Marine Corps records are not retained permanently, the more information provided, the better opportunity there is to determine if the records would still exist and where. The FOIA clearly states that records must exist at the time the request is submitted to be considered.
4. State your willingness to pay all fees or those up to a specified amount or provide a justification to support a fee waiver. Agreements to pay fees are considered to be up to $250.00, unless another amount is specified. Currently we charge search, review (for commercial requestors only), and duplicated costs. (The fee schedule is provided at enclosure (3) of Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5720.42F – Scroll to Page 57 of the PDF in the link.) If you seek a fee waiver, provide a justification for such a waiver.
5. Provide your complete mailing address for the response.
6. Make sure it is signed before submission!
Contact & Complaints:
- Camp Lejeune FOIA Center – (910) 451-4452
- U.S. Marine Corps FOIA Public Liaison – (703) 614-4008 | firstname.lastname@example.org