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The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is responsible for processing Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, requests. FOIA allows members of the public to obtain a wide range of records from federal agencies. In most cases, NRL records are subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act, with records releasable subject to the restrictions set forth in those laws.

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FOIA Contact Information

Mail: Naval Research Laboratory
ATT: Freedom of Information Office, Code 1008.1
4555 Overlook Ave SW
Washington D.C. 20375
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Fax: 202-404-8317