FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
The Freedom of Information Act, also known as the FOIA, was enacted in 1966 and is the primary means by which the public has access to records in the possession of Executive Branch agencies of the Federal Government. The FOIA is operated under the premise that the public has a right to know what the Government is doing, how it is being done, and what information is being collected. However, to prevent individuals, businesses, and government from harm resulting from the release of certain information, the FOIA provides a means by which limited information can be withheld from disclosure.
See COMDTINST M5260.3, Chapter 8, for a discussion of the exemptions, which limit disclosure of certain information.
FOIA requests may be submitted in writing via mail, or overnight carrier to:
ATTN FOIA OFFICER
US COAST GUARD STOP 7710
2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE
WASHINGTON DC 20593-7710
or via electronic mail to the Headquarters: HQS-SMB-FOIA@uscg.mil
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