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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT

The Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC) is responsible for processing requests relating to AFTAC records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Written requests may be received by postal service, facsimile or electronically. For submitting FOIA requests online to Requester Service Center (RSC), click on the following Air Force eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL):  https//www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx.

WHAT IS THE FOIA?

The Freedom of Information Act Program (DODM 5400.07 AFMAN 33-302) allows the 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 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 Defense Link and the U.S. Air Force FOIA Library. Currently, the law allows 20 working days to process a request upon receipt of the request in the FOIA office.

WHO CAN SUBMIT?

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 FOIA 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.

HOW TO MAKE A REQUEST

To make a FOIA request via mail or fax, send to:

FOIA Requester Service Center (RSC)
AFTAC/SOF (FOIA)
1020 S. Patrick Drive
Patrick AFB FL 32925-3516
aftac.foia@us.af.mil
Phone: 321-494-7417
DSN 854-7417
Fax: 321-494-9551

Please ensure you mention "FOIA" and indicate a willingness to pay fees associated with the processing of your request or why a waiver of fees may be appropriate. All requests must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.

To access the Air Force FOIA website, visit www.foia.af.mil.

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

FEES FOR PROCESSING

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.

SEEKING A CLASSIFIED RECORD?

Mandatory Declassification Review: 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 D.C., 20330-1000
Email: usaf.pentagon.saf-aa.mbx.mdr-workflow@mail.mil
Phone: 703-695-2226