The Freedom of Information Act Program (DOD 5400.7-R_AFMAN 33-302) 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.
Fees are assessed depending on which group the request falls into:
Air Force policy is to deny requests for lists of e-mail addresses (both personal and organizational) using FOIA exemption (b)(3). Public Affairs offices also rely on FOIA exemption (b)(6) when denying lists of personal e-mail addresses.
Because Department of Defense 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 Air Force 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 or in correspondence.
For Submitting Freedom of Information requests online to our Requester Service Centers (RSC) click on the following AF eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL): https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx.
FOIA officials recommend that people review all the links listed on the left side as they have been designed to provide information and guidance. When submitting request to AFPC using eFOIA Public Access Link please make sure to select the following options using the drop down menu to ensure your request is directed to AFPC:
For mailing, faxing or direct contact with the Air Force's Personnel Center Requester Service Center:
HQ AFPC/DS1 (Attn: FOIA Manager)
550 C Street W
JBSA-Randolph AFB, TX
Phone number: 210-565-2751 DSN: 665-2751
Fax number: 210-565-6262
Organizational email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The four basic guidelines for submitting a FOIA request. (DOD 5400.7-R_AFMAN 33-302, paragraph C1.4.3., FOIA Request):
If you are only seeking a copy of a record or records that are currently classified, and would like the record reviewed for appropriate declassification and release, you should file a Mandatory Declassification Review request. Mandatory Declassification Review is a provision of Presidential Executive Order 13526 that allows members of the public to request a mandatory declassification review of a classified document in order to obtain a releasable version of the document. The desired document requested must be specified in sufficient detail that it can be readily located. The record in question may not be the subject of litigation. The mandatory declassification review process can be a very timely and in-depth, due to the classification of materials being reviewed by internal and outside agencies. MDR decisions can be administratively appealed to the Headquarters Air Force/AAII (Mandatory Declassification Review) or Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP). Requests for review and release of classified records under the MDR process can be made to:
Headquarters Air Force/AAII (Mandatory Declassification Review)
1000 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1000
If dissatisfied with the response received from the Requester Service Center, you may contact you may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Officer, Ms. Anh Trinh, for assistance at email@example.com or by calling 703-614-8500.
(Please do not send FOIA requests to this office).
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