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We have been experiencing technical problems with the operation of this website from February 1, 2014 to the present. We are not sure whether these problems have been fully resolved. If you sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) or Privacy Act (PA) request via the NRO website during that time frame and you have not received a letter from the NRO acknowledging receipt of that request, we may not have received your request. If you think your FOIA or PA request may have been affected by this problem, please send the request to us by mail to:

National Reconnaissance Office
Information Review and Release Group
14675 Lee Road
Chantilly, VA 20151-1715

Submit a FOIA Request

A FOIA request is the means by which an individual seeks records of an agency. A proper FOIA request should be as specific as possible to ensure an accurate and focused search for responsive material. A request that does not reasonably describe records cannot be processed, and the requester will be asked to clarify the subject of the request. In addition, a requester may be assessed fees for the processing of a request in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(4)(A)(ii) and Department of Defense Regulation 5400.7-R. A proper FOIA request must include willingness to pay fees. See the FOIA Handbook for instructions on submitting a proper FOIA request.

The FOIA does not compel government agencies to answer substantive questions or create records to respond to a request.

There are three convenient ways to submit a FOIA request (no special forms are required):

  • By postal service or other commercial delivery to:
    National Reconnaissance Office
    Attn: OCIO/Information Review and Release Group
    14675 Lee Road
    Chantilly, VA 20151-1715
  • By facsimilie to 703-227-9198
  • By On-Line Form

Average Processing Time - It is difficult to provide and "average" processing time, as requests vary in their scope and complexity. Actual processing time will depend upon:

  • how extensive a search is required;
  • the complexity, volume and sensitivity of the records located;
  • the need for consultation among various offices within the NRO;
  • the need to consult with other agencies having an interest in the material; and
  • the number of cases preceding a request in the processing queue.

Requests are processed on a "first-in, first-out" basis, based on the origination date of the request.

Expedited Processing - A request will be expedited if the requester seeks such processing and demonstrates a compelling need, as defined by the FOIA, or a need for expedited treatement, as detailed in Department of Defense Regulation 5400.7-R. The requester seeking expeditious processing must provide a statement of compelling need, certified by him/her to be true and correct to the best of his/her knowledge.

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