Freedom Of Information Act

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Each federal agency is responsible for meeting its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) responsibilities for its own records.  This site is designed to familiarize you with the specific procedures for making a request for records controlled by U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 United States Code (USC) 552, allows an individual (regardless of nationality), a private organization or company, or a local, state, or foreign government to seek access to Executive Branch agency RECORDS, such as those held by the U.S. Marine Corps.

All agencies of the U.S. Government are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request, except those records that are protected from disclosure pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions.  The FOIA applies only to federal agencies and does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, or by state or local government agencies.  Any requests for state or local government records should be directed to the appropriate state or local government agency. 

As a component of the Department of the Navy, Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5720.42G, Department of the Navy Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Program (SECNAVINST 5720.42G), governs the Marine Corps FOIA program.  SECNAVINST 5720.42G is codified at 32 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 701.

If you require assistance with submitting a request or if you have questions regarding the status of a request, you may contact the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, FOIA Requester Service Center.



Mr. James J. O'Donnell
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific
Attn: Staff Judge Advocate Section, P.O. Box 64129, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii 96861


Governing Policy

GENERAL INFORMATION  5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(2)(A) Records - Final opinions and orders made in the adjudication of cases that may be cited, used, or relied upon as precedents in future adjudications

• Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals

5 U.S.C. § 552 (a)(2)(B) Records - Statements of policy and interpretations that have been adopted by the agency and are not published in the Federal Register

• Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5720.42F 

• Directive Type Memoranda

5 U.S.C. § 552 (a)(2)(C) Records – Administrative staff manuals and instructions, or portions thereof, that establish DoD policy or interpretations of policy that affect the public

• United States Marine Corps (USMC) Orders, Directives and Marine Administrative Messages

• Department of the Navy Issuances

• Department of Defense Publications

• Joint Staff Publications

5 U.S.C. § 552 (a)(2)(D) Records – Records released to the public, under the FOIA, that are or will likely become the subject of subsequent requests 




contact information

FOIA Requestor Service Center

Phone: 808-477-8505 DSN: (315) 477-8505


Note: Please do not use this e-mail address for Privacy Act requests. Do not send Personally Identifiable Information to this e-mail address.