FOIA requests submitted to the Department of the Navy (DoN) are for requesting
for research or compiling information not already existing as a record cannot be
processed under FOIA.
The DoN has no centralized repository or directory for records. In as much, it is
not possible to accept
open-ended requests for "Any" or "All" records without further specificity.
Descriptive information falls
within two broad catagories:
- Category I is file-related and includes information such as
type of record, title,
index citation, subject area, date the record was created, or its originator.
- Category II is event-related and includes the circumstances
that resulted in the
record being created or the date and circumstances surrounding the event the
Generally, a record is not reasonably described unless the description contains
Category I information to permit the conduct of an organized,
non-random search based on
the existing filing arrangements and retrieval systems, or unless the record
II information to permit inference of the Category I
elements needed to
conduct such a search.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) -- such as social security numbers and
date of birth -- should
not be submitted with this request. If that information is needed during the FOIA
process, you will be
contacted at that time.