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Freedom of Information Act


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

Add Content...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.

What are the fees for processing a FOIA request

Add Content...Fees are assessed depending on which group the request falls into:

Category 1: Commercial. Requesters pay all search, review, and duplication.

Category 2: Educational or Noncommercial Scientific Institution or News Media. Requesters get the first 100 copies free and pay for additional copies.

Category 3
: Others. Requesters get the first two hours of search and the first 100 copies free.

How to make a FOIA request

Add Content...Effective 30 March 2009: The Air Force has established a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website for submitting request online to our Requester Service Centers (RSC). Click on the following Air Force eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL): https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx.

Once there, we recommend you review all the links listed on the left side as they have been designed to provide information and guidance.

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.

AF FOIA Reading Room

Add Content...All reading room documents are now located in the Air Force reading room.

Air Force Reading Room is located at


Add Content...HQ AFIMSC FOIA Office
2261 Hughes Avenue
Suite 133
JBSA Lackland TX 78236-9852

Commercial Phone:

Additional FOIA Info

Add Content...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 response received from the center, you may contact the FOIA Public Liaison at (703) 696-6487 or e-mail af.foiapa@pentagon.af.mil.

Click here for a copy of the Defense FOIA Handbook.