Guardians of the Great Lakes


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act (PA) Requests


The Freedom of Information Act, also known as the FOIA, was enacted in 1966 and is the primary means by which the public has access to records in the possession of Executive Branch agencies of the Federal Government. The FOIA is operated under the premise that the public has a right to know what the Government is doing, how it is being done, and what information is being collected. However, to prevent individuals, businesses, and government from harm resulting from the release of certain information, the FOIA provides a means by which limited information can be withheld from disclosure.

Transparency and Open Government. Per the direction of White House memorandum dated 21 January 2009, the U.S. Coast Guard will continue to operate our FOIA Program under a presumption of disclosure; however, FOIA exemptions still apply. We are awaiting further guidance from the Attorney General regarding provisions of Executive Order 13392, and will post new information as it becomes available.

The Privacy Act (PA) provides safeguards for the protection of records the Federal Government collects on United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents.

Coast Guard Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts Manual

Ninth District Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Requests Instruction (CGPortal Access Required)

FOIA Frequently Asked Questions


FOIA / PA Requests

 Please mail FOIA and/or PA requests to:

Ninth Coast Guard District (dl)
1240 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, OH 44199