MCAS Beaufort’s Staff Judge Advocate (SJA) Office is responsible for the administration of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act Programs aboard MCAS Beaufort, Laurel Bay Military Housing and Townsend Bombing Range. All requests for records from the previous mentioned stations MUST be submitted to this office.
PO BOX 55001
Beaufort, SC 29904
What is FOIA?
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), (5 U.S.C. § 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. As a component of the Department of the Navy, Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5720.42G, Department of the Navy FOIA Program, governs the Marine Corps FOIA Program.
What is the Privacy Act?
The Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. § 552a) regulates the federal government’s collection, safeguarding, maintenance, use, and dissemination of personal identifiable information (PII) about individuals that is maintained in system of records by federal agencies.
How do I submit a request?
Both FOIA and Privacy Act requests may be submitted via foiaonline.gov following the below steps:
Can I asked questions under FOIA?
The FOIA does not require Federal agencies to answer questions, render opinions, or provided subjective evaluations. Requesters must ask for existing records.
How much does it cost to submit a FOIA request?
There are no initial fees required to submit a FOIA request. However, if the request is expected to exceed $25, the requester will be notified. The fee schedule is below. Requesters may also submit a fee waiver. Under FOIA, fee waivers are limited to requesters who can show that disclosure of records is in the public interest as it will contribute to the public’s understanding of the operations/activities of the government.
How long does it take to process a FOIA/PA request?
All request will be processed in the order it was received. The processing of all requests will be completed within 20 working days (excluding federal holidays and weekends). You will be notified if more time is needed to process your request.
Requesters who have issues concerning the processing of their request should direct questions to the SJA’s Office on MCAS Beaufort at (843)228-7417. If you are not satisfied with the response received, you may contact the MCIEAST FOIA Requester Service Center at (910)451-0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional assistance, you may contact the HQMC FOIA Public Liaison at (703)614-4008 or email@example.com.
Freedom of Information Act Service Center for this area
MCIEAST FOIA SERVICE CENTER
(Attn: MCIEAST FOIA Coordinator)
PSC Box 20005
Camp Lejeune, North Carolina 28542