FOIA Information

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:

Commandant (CG-611)
2100 2nd Street, SW
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Attn: FOIA

or via electronic mail to the Headquarters FOIA Coordinator.

The Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Officer has responsibility for managing this program. He ensures its implementation agency-wide and provides oversight for the operations and processing of initial requests. He also has responsibility for responding to all appeals Coast Guard-wide.

Visit the USCG FOIA website: