The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Public Law 5 U.S.C. 552 enacted the Freedom of Information Act. It established statutory rights of access to government information. It generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, of access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions thereof) are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or one of three special law enforcement record exclusions ((b)(7)); http://www.foia.af.mil/Guide-to-FOIA-Exemptions/
WHO CAN SUBMIT A REQUEST?
Members of the public, including foreign citizens, military and civilian personnel acting as private citizens, organizations and businesses, and individual members of Congress for themselves or constituents, may request records in writing. It is important to remember that the Freedom of Information Act applies only to federal agencies. It does not create a right of access to records held by Congress, the courts, state or local government agencies, private businesses or individuals. Each state has its public access laws that should be consulted for access to state and local records.
HOW TO MAKE A FOIA REQUEST
For the fastest response times, submit a FOIA request online or check the status of your request CLICK HERE
Government employees (military/civilians) submitting requests should not use government equipment, supplies, stationery, postage, telephones, or official mail channels to make FOIA requests.
FOIA requests must be submitted in writing and include the requester's name, address, telephone number and personal email address. The request must include a description of the desired records sought to direct your request to the appropriate office or agency. A statement agreeing to pay any applicable processing fees. Submit requests online via the Public Access Link
or U.S. mail, fax, or email to:
53064 Hutchinson Street, Room 107
McConnell AFB KS 67221
Phone: (316) 759-2097 DSN: 743-2097
FAX: (316) 759-4258
Refer to the FOIA handbook
for more information on submitting FOIA requests.
FEES FOR PROCESSING A FOIA REQUEST
The FOIA allows fee charges based on the requester's category.
Category 1: Commercial. Requesters pay for search, review, and duplication.
Category 2: Educational or Noncommercial Scientific Institution or News Media. Requesters pay reproductions fees; get the first 100 copies free.
Category 3: Others. Requesters get both the first two hours of search and the first 100 copies free.
AF FOIA LIBRARY
Some records are released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and may therefore reflect the deletion of some information in accordance with the FOIA's nine statutory exemptions. A consolidated list of such records is available in the Air Force FOIA Library
If dissatisfied with the response received from the Requester Service Center, you may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Officer, Mr. Robert E. Bivins, for assistance at: DAF.FOIA@af.mil
or (703) 614-8500 (Please do not send FOIA requests to this office.)
AF FOIA Public Liaison Office contact information:
DAF FOIA Public Liaison Office
1800 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1800
FOIA RESOURCES AND LINKS