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The DON CIO is the Department of the Navy's Senior Military Component Official for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). FOIA laws give individuals the right to make requests for federal agency records. The DON CIO provides department policy and oversight to the Navy and USMC FOIA offices to ensure that requested records are made available, unless those records are protected from disclosure by specific FOIA exemptions. The goal of the DON is to create a cohesive and effective knowledge-sharing environment throughout the FOIA community using the latest technological tools while simultaneously safeguarding sensitive information in response to FOIA requests.

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DON Implementation of FOIAonline

DON CIO Memo - December 12, 2013

This memo states, that effective Feb. 1, 2014, all new and open Department of the Navy Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests will be processed through the FOIAonline tracking and management tool.

DON FOIA, Privacy and Civil Liberties Programs

UNSECNAV Memo - May 14, 2012

This memo retains the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer as the DON's Senior Military Component Official for Privacy, and delegates the responsibility for oversight and management activities of the Department's implementation of the Privacy Act. It further appoints the DON CIO as the DON Senior Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Official, and the DON Chief Civil Liberties Officer. It delegates the ...

Radio Frequency Authorization

DON CIO Memo - November 30, 2006

This memo provides guidance and justification for exemption of Radio Frequency Authorization information pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.


DON IT Community Recognizes IT Advances, Excellence and Professionalism in the Fleet

by Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Yarborough, Navy Public Affairs Support Element East - April 27, 2018

Rear Adm. Danelle Barrett, Navy Cyber Security Division Director, and senior leaders from the Office of the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO) awarded eight recipients for their work, drive and innovation that advanced the Navy and Marine Corps Information Technology (IT) communities during the DON IT Conference at The Main Hilton, April 24.

Deadline Extended - DON IM/IT Excellence Awards Nominations Due Nov. 27

October 30, 2017

The deadline to submit nominations for the DON Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) Excellence Awards has been extended to Nov. 27, 2017. The awards recognize the superior efforts of IM/IT projects, teams, and individuals in helping to transform DON information technology.

SECNAV M-5000.3 Provides Guidance for Timely Response to Documentary Material Requests

July 10, 2016

SECNAV Manual 5000.3, "DON Documentary Material Task," was signed by the Secretary of the Navy on June 27, 2016. The manual provides guidance to every organization that receives a request to search for, locate, preserve, and, if appropriate, collect, review, and provide documentary material in response to subpoenas, document production requests in litigation, record hold requests, Congressional inquiries, requests from ...

DON CIO Awards Recognize Information Management and Information Technology Excellence

by Navy News Service - April 20, 2016

Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DON CIO) Robert Foster recognized more than 10 individuals and teams for transforming the Navy and Marine Corps through information technology during a ceremony at the Washington E. Walter Convention Center April 20.

DON CIO Congratulates 2016 DON IM/IT Award Winners

March 4, 2016

The Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 DON IM/IT Excellence Awards. The awards recognize teams and individuals for various categories of awards related to information management and information technology. The following were selected as the 2016 winners.

Building on DON Success; Meeting New Challenges

by Barbara Hoffman - June 9, 2014

It has been a privilege to serve in leadership positions for the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, including as Director of both the E-business and Investment Management teams, Principal Deputy for two very talented DON CIOs, and now as the DON CIO (Acting). Our business IT environment has evolved dramatically over this timeframe, in technology advances as well as in operational and fiscal challenges.

DON to Implement FOIAonline

April 18, 2013

The Department of the Navy will implement a new electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) tool across the DON on Oct. 1, 2013.

Streamlining DON Business Processes for a More Effective and Efficient Future

May 30, 2012

During the next five to 10 years, the Department of the Navy is facing significant budget constraints. To support vital warfighting capabilities that protect the safety of the nation, it is necessary to find efficiencies in other areas. As part of this effort, the DON Chief Information Office and its information technology partners, such as internal stakeholders and industry, will thoroughly review all operations from an ...


Archive: FOIA Resources Organized by Topic

February 26, 2019

The information below will help you find out how and where to make a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request or file an appeal. It also identifies documents that already exist in the public domain and provides a list of commonly requested records. Courses for DON FOIA specialists may be accessed through the link below that appears under the heading of "Training." To obtain a certificate for the completion of these ...

Department of the Navy 2014 Annual Report Form DD 2564

December 31, 2014

Department of the Navy 2014 Annual Report Form DD 2564 and associated documents.

Reading Room: Resources Organized Per Statute

August 7, 2014

The information below is provided to fulfill the requirements of Title 5, Section 552(a)(2) of the United States Code (i.e., Title 5, Section 552(a) is known as the Freedom of Information Act), as implemented by the Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office Memorandum, Requirements for Department of Defense Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Reading Rooms, October 11, 2007. Accordingly, the following information is ...

FOIA Resources

June 26, 2014

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives the public the general right to obtain Federal records (exceptions to this right include protections for information that is: 1) classified; 2) a matter of internal Agency rules; 3) exempted from the FOIA by other statutes; 4) proprietary; 5) privileged; 6) private; 7) a matter of investigation). The Department of the Navy adheres to these regulations. Fees may apply. The ...

Privacy Act/FOIA Interface

August 2, 2013

Mr. Will Kammer, Chief, Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office presented the attached training in June 2013 at a three day DoD-wide Privacy Act (PA)/Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) training conference. The training was held at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Headquarters in Springfield, VA.

Privacy Resources

June 20, 2012

The following is a list of privacy resources.

Privacy Act Resources

by DON CIO Privacy Team - October 19, 2010

The following resources are intended to supplement SECNAVINST 5211.5E: "DON Privacy Program" and should prove useful to Privacy Act coordinators. Please submit suggestions for additions to this list to the Ask an Expert section of the website. Select the topic: "Privacy Act."

Guidelines for Establishing a New Privacy Act System of Records Notice

by DON CIO Privacy Team - September 24, 2010

All Privacy Act system of records notice (SORN) actions are transmitted electronically to the Chief of Naval Operations, Department of Defense and the Federal Register, because this method is both time and cost effective. Since DoD uses special software to transmit the text to the Federal Register, please do not indent, underline, bold, double-space or center the text. All new systems require a "Narrative Statement on ...

Identifying Privacy Act Systems of Records You May Be Using

by DON CIO Privacy Team - September 24, 2010

A Privacy Act (PA) system of records notice is the authority that allows you to collect, maintain and disseminate information that is retrieved by an individual's name and personal identifier. Because many activities maintain similar types of records, we have written generic or "umbrella" PA systems of records notices to cover activities that require collection of those types of records.

Privacy Act Exemptions

by DON CIO Privacy Team - September 17, 2010

The attachment is a copy of the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 32, Volume 5, Revised as of July 1, 2008 (32 CFR 701.128), "Privacy Act Exemptions for Specific Navy Record Systems."

DoD Privacy Program Resources

by DON CIO Privacy Team - September 15, 2010

The Defense Privacy Program homepage provides resources related to the Privacy Program, Privacy Impact Assessments and the Freedom of Information Act.

Other Privacy Act Resources

by DON CIO Privacy Team - September 15, 2010

The following additional resources are provided:

Disclosure Accounting Form (OPNAV 5211/9 (MAR 1992))

September 13, 2010

Disclosure accounting allows an individual to determine what agencies or persons have been provided information from the system of records about them, enables Department of the Navy activities to advise prior recipients of the system of records of any subsequent amendments or statements of dispute concerning the system of records, and provides an audit trail of the DON's compliance with the Privacy Act of 1974.

Privacy Recommended Reading List

by DON CIO Privacy Team - June 23, 2009

Welcome to the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer Privacy Team recommended reading list. This list will be periodically updated.