There are no forms to fill out. Simply, label your request "PRIVACY ACT REQUEST," on both the request and envelope; identify the specific PA systems of records notices you wish to have searched (See Index of PA Systems of Records at this site), and submit your request according to the requirements set forth under "Record Access Procedures." Since PA requests must be signed, we cannot accept e-mail requests.
The Privacy Act (PA) of 1974 (Public Law 93-579), codified as 5 U.S.C. 552a, establishes safeguards for the protection of records the Government collects and maintains on United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents. Specifically, it mandates that the Government inform people at the time it is collecting information about them why the information is being collected and how it will be used; publish a notice in the Federal Register of new or revised systems of records on individuals; assure that information is accurate, relevant, complete and up-to-date before disclosing it to others; allow individuals to find out about disclosures of their records to other agencies or persons; and provide individuals with the opportunity to correct inaccuracies in their records.
The PA allows individuals to seek access to records retrieved by their name and personal identifier that are contained in a PA system of records; provide written authorization for their representative to act on their behalf; and seek records on behalf of a minor child if they are the legal guardian or parent and are determined to be acting in the minor's best interest.
The Navy maintains over 175 PA systems of records on individuals that are or have been affiliated with the Navy (i.e., military members, civilian and contractor employees, and dependents). Thus, if you have had no affiliation with the Navy, we would not be maintaining any records on you. To determine the kinds of records we maintain, simply go to the "Index to Privacy Act Systems of Records Notices" provided at this site.
A PA systems notice is a "blueprint" which describes the kinds of records we maintain, where they are located, why we have a need to collect the records, who has access to the records, how long we maintain the records, etc. Since the majority of all records are not retained permanently, you will want to review the "Retention and Disposal" section in the systems notice to determine if the records you seek are still being maintained.
If you are the subject of the file and the word "None" appears in the last entry in the systems notice entitled "Exemptions Claimed for the System," then the entire record will be released to you.
If you formerly served in the Navy or any other branch of service, your military personnel and medical records are held by the Director, National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records, 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. The homepage for that site provides you with the instructions and form you need to access your records. [CLICK HERE] to go to that site.
The PA allows you seek amendment for information contained in your life that is erroneous. This, however, only pertains to factual matters, and not to matters of opinion.
The procedures for requesting amendment are to submit the request in writing*; include a description of the information to be amended; reason for amendment; the type of amendment sought and copies of available evidence supporting the request, keeping in mind that the burden of proof rests with you.
* except for routine administrative matters, such as change of address and telephone number.
The PA systems manager will normally acknowledge receipt of your request within 10 working days and provide a determination within 30 working days.
If your request for amendment is denied in whole or in part, you will be promptly notified in writing and given the opportunity to appeal the determination and/or submit a statement of disagreement that will be maintained in/with the file in question.
If you wish to appeal a denial of notification, access, or amendment submit your written appeal within 60 calendar days; include a copy of the denial letter and statement of reasons for review; and submit your appeal directly to the appropriate appellate authority.