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Freedom of Information Act Freedom of Information Act

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 Defense Link.

Effective March 30, 2009, the Air Force established a new FOIA website for submitting requests online to the Requester Service Centers. Links providing information and guidance are listed in the left column.
tabWhat 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.
tabWho 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 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.
tabWhat 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.
tabHow to Make a FOIA Request  
To submit a FOIA request for HQ AETC records, send it to the Air Force E-FOIA Public Access Link (PAL)  www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx

FOIA requesters who have any questions concerning the processing of their requests with the HQ AETC FOIA Office should contact this center at (210) 652-6576. Requesters who are not satisfied with the response from the center may contact the Air Force FOIA Public Liaison at af.foia@pentagon.af.mil or call (703) 614-8500.

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tabAETC FOIA Office
AETC CSS/SCOK (FOIA)
61 Main Circle, Ste 3
Randolph AFB TX 78150-4545

Comm: (210) 652-6576 
DSN 487-6576 
Fax: (210) 652-6776
E-mail the FOIA office: aetccss.foia@us.af.mil
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