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Click here to view documents in the Air Force Reading room: if dissatisfied with the response received from the center, you may contact the FOIA Public Liaison at 202-404-1393 or e-mail Under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act, written requests for Air Force Special Operations Command records may be received by postal service, facsimile at 575-784-1997 or electronically. Requests received by facsimile or electronically must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.

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.
tabHow much will it cost to process a FOIA request?  
Costs are assessed depending on which group the request falls into:

Category 1: Commercial. Requesters pay all search, review and duplication fees.

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.
tabReleasing E-mail Addresses 
Air Force policy is to deny requests for lists of e-mail addresses (both personal and organizational) using FOIA exemption (b)(2)(high). 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.
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.
tabHow to make a FOIA Request  
Send requests for AFSOC records to 27 SOW/IP (FOIA), 100 South D.L. Ingram Blvd, Cannon AFB, N.M., 88103. Please ensure you mention "FOIA" and indicate a willingness to pay fees associated with the processing of the request or, in the alternative, why a waiver of fees may be appropriate.

The Air Force has an established Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website for submitting requests online to our Requester Service Centers (RSC). Click on the following Air Force eFOIA Public Access Link . Once there, we recommend you review all the links listed on the left side as they have been designed to provide information and guidance.

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