The Air Force has established a Freedom of Information Act Website for submitting request online to our Requester Service Centers. Once there, we recommend you review all the links listed on the left side as they have been designed to provide information and guidance.
WHAT IS FOIA?
Enacted on July 4, 1966, and taking
effect one year later, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides that any
person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency
records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are
protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions or by one of three
special law enforcement record exclusions. A FOIA request can be made for any
agency record. Before sending a request to a federal agency, you should
determine which agency is likely to have the records you are
seeking. Each agency’s website will contain information about the type of
records that agency maintains.
The FOIA is a law that
gives you the right to access information from the federal government. It is
often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their
government. Under the FOIA, agencies must disclose any information that is
requested – unless that information is protected from public disclosure. The
FOIA also requires that agencies automatically disclose certain information,
including frequently requested records. As Congress, the President, and the
Supreme Court have all recognized, the FOIA is a vital part of our democracy.
WHO OVERSEES THE FOIA?
It is the Executive
Branch, led by the President, that is responsible for the administration of the
FOIA across the government. The Department of Justice’s Office of Information
Policy oversees agency compliance with these directives and encourages all
agencies to fully comply with both the letter and the spirit of the FOIA.
To get information under
the FOIA, typically you must make a “FOIA request.” This is a written request
in which you describe the information you want, and the format you want it in,
in as much detail as possible. You should be aware that the FOIA does not
require agencies to do research for you, analyze data, answer written
questions, or create records in response to your request. Finally, you should
know that the FOIA requires that federal agencies release certain information
automatically, without the need for you to make a request. So, before you send
in that FOIA request, it’s a good idea to look at an agency’s website first
to see what’s already available.
HOW TO MAKE A REQUEST:
WHERE TO SEND REQUEST:
For fastest response times, the Air Force has decentralized
its FOIA program. If you want to submit a FOIA inquiry online click here. No
single office handles all FOIA requests. If you prefer not to submit on line
you can mail/fax your request to 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/fax your request to:
1000 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1000
Fax (703) 693-2746
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.foia.gov/faq.html