Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA allows the general public to request records in writing from the Federal Government. Some records are released to the public under the FOIA 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 the Air Force FOIA homepage.

FOIA FAQ

What is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)? 
Public Law 5 U.S.C. 552 enacted the Freedom of Information Act. It established statutory rights of access to government information. It generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, of access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions thereof) are protected from disclosure by one of nine exemptions or one of three special law enforcement record exclusions. See DoD Regulation 5400.7/Air Force Supplement, DoD Freedom on Information Act Program, the prescribing directive for more information. 

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 Congress for themselves or constituents, may request records in writing under the Freedom of Information Act. Government employees submitting requests should not use government equipment, supplies, stationery, postage, telephones, or official mail channels to make FOIA requests.

What are the fees for processing a FOIA request? 
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.

AF FOIA Library

Some records are released to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and may therefore reflect deletion of some information in accordance with the FOIA's nine statutory exemptions. A consolidated list of such records is available in the Air Force FOIA Library.

Presently, we do not have any 552(a)(2)(d) records available.

Be advised that the Air Force will not deliver unofficial mass mailing addressed to individuals on the same day from the same mailer. (DoD Manual 4525.8-M/AFMAN 33-306, para C7.3.1.7.2.2)

Mandatory Declassification

Mandatory Declassification Review: Executive Order 12958 allows you to request declassification of classified records. 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

Email:  usaf.pentagon.saf-aa.mbx.mdr-workflow@mail.mil

Telephone: working on updating number (1/6/2017)

FOIA Request

1. For submitting Freedom of Information requests online to our Requester Service Centers (RSC) click on the following AF eFOIA Public Access Link: https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx
2. If dissatisfied with the response received from the Requester Service Center, you may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison Office at usaf.pentagon.saf-cio-a6.mbx.af-foia@mail.mil or (703) 614-8500.

FOIA requests forLittle Rock AFB must be submitted in writing or by e-mail and include a title or reasonable description of the desired records and a statement on willingness to pay fees for search, review, and reproduction. If you wish to e-mail your FOIA request log onto: https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx or submit your request via US Mail, fax, or in person to the following address:

Little Rock AFB FOIA Office
19 CS/SCOKR
988A Cannon Drive
Little Rock AFB, AR 72099-4929
Phone: (501) 987-5549

The Air National Guard has centralized its FOIA program. We encourage requestors to make FOIA requests electronically through the AF FOIA Website. You may also mail, e-mail, or fax your FOIA request for ANG Records to:

Office of Information and Privacy (NGB/JA-OIP)
Attn: ANG FOIA Requests
111 South George Mason Drive, AH2
Arlington, VA 22204-1373
Phone: (571) 256-7838 or (703) 607-5901
Fax: (703) 607-3684

Requests can also be made on-line at: www.efoia.af.mil or by e-mail, FOIA@ng.army.mil. When requesting by e-mail please be sure to indicate it is a request for the Air National Guard. For more information on the FOIA program please visit the NGB FOIA website.

Requests for your own records under the Privacy Act must be made directly to the office that holds the records you are seeking. If you have questions about making a request under the Privacy Act, you may contact the 189th Airlift WingPrivacy Officer or call (501) 987-6992.

Service records on former civilian and military members are NOT maintained by the Air National Guard. They are maintained by the National Archives and Records Administrations' National Personnel Records Center. Records request instructions and contact information is listed on their Web site.