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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

ACC Based-Level FOIA Request Service Centers:

Emails regarding ACC FOIA requests should be sent to AFIMSC.FOIA.Workflow@us.af.mil   Telephone inquiries should call DSN 969-0995 or commercial (210) 395-0995.

Air Force Reading Room:
Click here for questions or points of reference about FOIA requests: https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx

How to Make a FOIA Request

To submit a FOIA inquiry online Access Link (PAL): http://www.foia.af.mil For mailing/faxing contact the FOIA Requester Service Center where the record is located, describe the records you want as specifically as possible, and let the office know how much you are willing to pay. 

Furnish any facts or clues about the time, place, persons, events, subjects, or other details of the information or records you want. That will help the office decide where to search and determine what records pertain to your request. It can also save you and the government time and money, and you may get what you want faster. There is no special form to complete. Mark your request and envelope "FOIA."

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 the 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, or by private businesses or individuals. Each state has its own public access laws that should by consulted for access to state and local records. Air Force-affiliated requesters, to include military and civilian employees, should not use government equipment, supplies, stationery, postage, telephones, or official mail channels to make FOIA requests. Requests should be made through personal e-mail or postal service.

Privacy Act Records request

If you are seeking Privacy Act records on yourself or another individual, you must provide proof of identity for your records and you must have release authorization from the individual who is the subject of the records you are requesting. 

Deceased individuals lose their privacy rights, but information may be denied to protect the privacy of the surviving family members; therefore, you need release authorization from the executor of the estate or next of kin. At this time, all Privacy Act request must be submitted by mail directly to the appropriate Requester Service Center. For more information on the Privacy Act click here.

What is the FOIA?

FOIA is a disclosure statute. Information is considered to be releasable unless it falls under one of the nine FOIA exemptions (b)(1) through (b)(9). The FOIA applies to records either created or obtained by an agency and under agency control at the time of the FOIA request. 

Agencies within the executive branch of the federal government, including the Executive Office of the President and independent regulatory agencies are subject to the FOIA. State governments, municipal corporations, the courts, Congress and private citizens are not subject to the FOIA. 

The Freedom of Information Act Program (DODR 5400.7) allows the general public including foreign citizens, military and civilian personnel acting as private citizens, to request records electronically or in writing from the Federal Government. Some records are released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act, and may therefore reflect deletion of some information in accordance with the FOIA's nine statutory exemptions or two law enforcement record exclusions. 

A consolidated list of such records is on Defense Link and the U.S. Air Force FOIA site. Currently the law allows 20 working days to process a FOIA request upon receipt of the request in the FOIA office.