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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The 66th Air Base Group is responsible for processing records requests under the FOIA provisions. Written requests may be received by postal service, facsimile 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 Office of Freedom of Information site 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.
tabFees for Processing a FOIA Request 
The FOIA allows fee charges based on the requester's category. There are three categories: commercial (pay search, review, and reproduction fees); educational, non-commercial scientific institution and 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 here.
tabHow to Make a FOIA Request 
The Air Force has established a new Freedom of Information Act website for submitting requests online to our Requester Service Centers.  Click on the following AF eFOIA Public Access Link: 

https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx.

Review all the links listed on the left side, as they have been designed to provide information.

Send requests for records to 66 ABG/SCXS (Attention: FOIA Manager), 20 Schilling Circle, Hanscom AFB, MA 01731-2800. Please ensure you mention "FOIA" and indicate a willingness to pay fees associated with the processing of your request or, in the alternative, why a waiver of fees may be appropriate. Written requests may be received by postal service, facsimile or electronically. Faxed or e-mailed requests must have a mailing address included since it may not be practical to provide a substantive response electronically.

FOIA requesters who have questions concerning the processing of requests with the AFMC Requester Service Center should call HQ AFMC FOIA office at 937-257-1665 or e-mail afmc.foia@wpafb.af.mil. If you are not satisfied with the response from the center, contact the FOIA Public Liaison at 202-404-1393 or e-mail af.foia@pentagon.af.mil.

The electronic reading room is located on the Air Force Freedom of Information Act web page at www.foia.af.mil/index.asp under the title "Reading Room."
tabRelease of E-mail Addresses 
Air Force policy is to deny requests for lists of e-mail addresses (both personal and organizational) using FOIA exemption (b)(6). We rely on FOIA exemption (b)(6) when denying lists of personal e-mail addresses. High (b)(2) is no longer to be used to protect internal information, the disclosure of which would risk circumvention of a statute or agency regulation. Because DOD 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 AF 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 of in correspondence.

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