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FOIA

Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, written requests for Air Force Global Strike Command records may be received by postal service, facsimile or electronically. Requests received by facsimile or electronically at AFIMSC.FOIA.WorkFlow@us.af.mil must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.dd Content...

What is 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.

Who can submit a FOIA 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 be consulted for access to state and local records.

What are the fees for processing a FOIA request

The FOIA allows fee charges based on the requester's category. There are three categories: Commercial (pay search, review, and reproduction fees); non-commercial scientific or educational institutions or news media (pay reproduction fees; first 100 pages provided at no cost); and others (pay search and reproduction fees; first two hours search and 100 pages provided at no cost). For information on FOIA fees read PART 286--DoD FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT PROGRAM REGULATION

How to make a FOIA request

For fastest times, the Air Force has decentralized its FOIA program.  If you want to submit a FOIA request online "CLICK HERE".  Please note, this is a new link so, the previous link is no longer valid.  Please ensure you use the new Public Access Link (PAL) provided above to submit official Freedom of Information Act Request.  This link is currently incompatible with Google Chrome.

 No single office handles all FOIA requests. If you prefer not to submit on line you can mail/fax your request to the FOIA Requester Service Center where the record is located or the particular base or activity that has the records you want. If you don't know which Air Force activity has the records you want, mail your request to:  SAF/AAII, 1000 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330-1000.  Ensure you 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."

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Release of Email addresses

Add Content...Air Force policy is to deny requests for lists of e-mail addresses (both personal and organizational) using FOIA exemption (b)(2)(high). We also rely on FOIA exemption (b)(6) when denying lists of personal e-mail addresses. High (b)(2) protects internal information, the disclosure of which would risk circumvention of a statute or agency regulation. Because DoD e-mail systems are to be used only for official and authorized purposes, the addresses are considered primarily internal. The regulations at issue that could be circumvented include DoD and AF regulations that require us to limit use of e-mail to authorized purposes, and to protect the security of your computer and information systems. Exemption (b)(6) protects information that if released would permit a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. This does not prohibit an organization from including a single e-mail address on a Web page of in correspondence.

Additional FOIA Info

FOIA requestors who have any questions concerning the processing of their requests may contact the AFIMSC FOIA office at AFIMSC.FOIA.WorkFlow@us.af.mil.

If dissatisfied with the service received from the Requester Service Center, you may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Officer, Ms Anh Trinh, for assistance at usaf.pentagon.saf-cio-a6.mbx.af-foia@mail.mil or (703) 614-8500.   

Click here for a copy of the Defense FOIA Handbook.