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Navy FOIA Program

Posted January 8th, 2014 in Military Advocacy, Military Law

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a tool used by military lawyers frequently on behalf of their clients. During appeals, where discovery requests are limited or not allowed, it can be an invaluable tool when assisting with administrative actions, discharge upgrades, or other non-court-martial actions.

Yet, even those requests can be imprecise and subject to the ethics of others. The Navy recently gave us a huge reality check about this, as a memo was released yesterday (accidentally) which details the efforts of Navy personnel to limit or avoid responding to a FOIA request.

While I hope this never happened to any of my requests on behalf of clients, this memo makes me wonder…

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