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Title 5 U.S.C. 552 governs 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 the nine exemptions or one of three special law enforcement record exclusions. On 2 Oct 96 President Clinton signed the "Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996." This amendment required the creation of an agency electronic reading room.

 

Guidelines for Submitting Freedom of Information Act Requests 

Who May Submit A Request
Under the Act, 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.

Time Limits
You can expect a response to your request within 20 workdays from the date of receipt. If for some reason we cannot respond within the 20 workdays we will inform you of the reason for the delay and provide an estimated completion date.

How to Submit a Request
A request for any records must be in writing (Sample Letter). Verbal requests are not accepted. Requests should indicate that it is being made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Request can be e-mailed, faxed, or mailed.

E-mail Address: web.FOIA@randolph.af.mil
Comm Phone: (210) 652-2087
DSN Phone: 487-2087
Fax Number:  (210) 652-5056
Mailing Address: AFSVA
ATTN: FOIA RSC MANAGER
2261 HUGHES AVE, STE #156
LACKLAND AFB, TX 78235-9852


FOIA requesters who have any questions concerning the processing of FOIA requests with AFSVA should contact the FOIA Requester Service Center (RSC) at (210) 652-2087/DSN:487-2087. If unsatisfied with the response from the RSC, contact the AFMC/SV FOIA Public Liaison at (210) 652-2087 or web.foia@randolph.af.mil. The Air Force FOIA Public Liaison may also be contacted at (703) 588-6102 or af.foia@pentagon.af.mil.

Fees
By law, an agency is entitled to charge certain fees, which depend on the category of requester you fall into.

Categories:

Commercial Requesters pay all search, review, and duplication.
Educational or Noncommerical Scientific Institution or News Media Requesters get the first 100 copies free and pay for additional copies. They do not pay search or review charges.
Others Requesters get the first 2 hours of search and the first 100 copies free. They do not pay review charges
Sample Letter
Electronic Reading Room
FOIA Website

 

 

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