(a) How to file an appeal. Individuals wishing to appeal a denial of notification, access, or amendment of records shall follow these guidelines:
(1) The appeal must be received by the cognizant review authority (i.e., ASN (M&RA), OJAG, OGC, or OPM) within 60 calendar days of the date of the response.
(2) The appeal must be in writing and requesters should provide a copy of the denial letter and a statement of their reasons for seeking review.
(b) Time of receipt. The time limits for responding to an appeal commence when the appeal reaches the office of the review authority having jurisdiction over the record. Misdirected appeals should be referred expeditiously to the proper review authority and the requester notified.
(c) Review authorities. ASN (M&RA), JAG, and GC are authorized to adjudicate appeals made to SECNAV. JAG and GC are further authorized to delegate this authority to a designated Assistant JAG or Deputy Assistant JAG and the Principal Deputy General Counsel or Deputy General Counsel, respectively, under such terms and conditions as they deem appropriate.
(1) If the record is from a civilian Official Personnel Folder or is contained on any other OPM forms, send the appeal to the Assistant Director for Workforce Information, Personnel Systems and Oversight Group, Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20415. Records in all systems of records maintained in accordance with the OPM Government-wide systems notices are only in the temporary custody of the DON.
(2) If the record pertains to the employment of a present or former Navy or Marine Corps civilian employee, such as Navy or Marine Corps civilian personnel records or an employee's grievance or appeal file, send it to the General Counsel of the Navy, 1000 Navy Pentagon, Washington, DC 20350-1000.
(3) If the record pertains to a present or former military member's fitness reports or performance evaluations, send it to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), 1000 Navy Pentagon, Washington, DC 20350-1000.
(4) All other records dealing with present or former military members should be sent to the Office of the Judge Advocate General, 1322 Patterson Avenue SE., Suite 3000, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5066.
(d) Appeal procedures.(1) If the appeal is granted, the review authority shall advise the individual that his/her appeal has been granted and provide access to the record being sought.
(2) If the appeal is denied totally or in part, the appellate authority shall advise the reason(s) for denying the appeal, citing the appropriate subsections of 5 U.S.C. 552a or this subpart and subpart G of this part; the date of the appeal determination; the name, title, and signature of the appellate authority; and a statement informing the requester of his/her right to seek judicial relief in the Federal District Court.
(e) Final action, time limits and documentation.(1) The written appeal notification granting or denying access is the final naval activity action on the initial request for access.
(2) All appeals shall be processed within 30 working days of receipt, unless the appellate authority finds that an adequate review cannot be completed within that period. If additional time is needed, notify the applicant in writing, explaining the reason for the delay and when the appeal will be completed.
(f) Denial of appeal by activity's failure to act. An individual may consider his/her appeal denied if the appellate authority fails to:
(1) Take final action on the appeal within 30 working days of receipt when no extension of time notice was given; or
(2) Take final action within the period established by the notice to the appellate authority of the need for an extension of time to complete action on the appeal.
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