Public access to other reasonably described records.
(a) Except for requests for records which are processed under §§ 1.551 and 1.552 of this part, unless otherwise provided for in title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, all requests for records shall be processed under paragraph (b) of this section, as well as under any other VA law or regulation governing access to or confidentiality of records or information. Records or information customarily furnished to the public in the regular course of the performance of official duties may be furnished to the public without reference to paragraph (b) of this section. To the extent permitted by other laws and regulations, VA will also consider making available records which it is permitted to withhold under the FOIA if it determines that such disclosure could be in the public interest.
(b) Reasonably described records in VA custody, or copies thereof, other than records made available to the public under provisions of §§ 1.551 and 1.552 of this part, or unless otherwise provided for in title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, requested in accordance with published rules stating the time, place, fees (if any), and procedures to be followed, will be made promptly available, except as provided in § 1.554 of this part, to any person upon request. Such request must be in writing, over the signature of the requester and must contain a reasonable description of the record desired so that it may be located with relative ease. The request should be made to the office concerned (having jurisdiction of the record desired) or, if not known, to the Director or Veterans Service Center Manager in the nearest VA regional office; the Director, or Chief, Medical Administration Service, or other responsible official of VA medical facility where most recently treated; or to the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420. Personal contacts should normally be made during the regular duty hours of the office concerned, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for VA Central Office and most field facilites.
(Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(3))
[53 FR 10377, Mar. 31, 1988, as amended at 71 FR 28586, May 17, 2006]
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