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FOIA Appeals

FOIA/PA FOCAL POINT The FOCAL POINT for FOIA and Privacy Act requests to the Department of the Navy is the

Department of Navy
PA/FOIA Policy Branch N09B30
2000 Navy Pentagon
Washington, DC 20350-2000

FOIA Requester Service Center
Telephone (202) 685-6546/6530
Fax (202) 685-6580


APPEALS FOCAL POINTS Under the implementing Navy regulation, SECNAVINST 5720.42F, 32 CFR Part 701, the General Counsel and the Judge Advocate General serve as the final appellate authorities for administrative FOIA appeals (from denials of initial requests) in their respective areas of cognizance.

OGC

Within the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), the focal point for FOIA/Privacy Act appeals is:

Richard Zeigler
Assistant to the General Counsel (FOIA)
Department of the Navy
Office of the General Counsel
1000 Navy Pentagon Room 4E635
Washington DC 20350-1000
Phone: (703) 614-7426
Fax: (703) 614-9404 (To the attention of: "Navy OGC FOIA Appeals Office")
Email: richard.d.zeigler@navy.mil

OJAG

Within the Office of the Judge Advocate General (OJAG), the focal point for FOIA appeals is:

Office of the Judge Advocate General
NJAG Code 14
1322 Patterson Avenue, SE, Suite 3000
Building 33, Washington Navy Yard
Washington, DC 20374-5066
 

COGNIZANT APPELLATE AUTHORITY How OGC or OJAG is determined to be the cognizant appellate authority for a particular FOIA appeal is determined by whether the subject matter of the appeal falls within the following assignment of responsibilities:

OGC's cognizance

includes: Business and commercial law aspects of acquisition; military sealift; civilian personnel; comptroller; information systems; intellectual property; foreign military sales; and environmental matters.

OJAG's cognizance

includes in addition to military matters, all matters except those falling under OGC.

Appellate Authority within OGC

Although there have been delegations of authority to the Principal Deputy General Counsel and the Deputy General Counsel, currently the Deputy General Counsel decides most FOIA appeals within the cognizance of the General Counsel.

Appellate Authority within OJAG

Though there have been delegations of authority to the Assistant Judge Advocate General (Civil Law), the Principal Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General, and the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (General Litigation Division), presently the Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General (General Litigation Division) decides most FOIA appeals under the cognizance of the Judge Advocate General.

FOIA Appeals Presentation.


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