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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.

tabFOIA Introduction 
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) generally provides that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except to the extent that such records (or portions of them) are protected from public disclosure by one of nine exemptions, or by one of three special law enforcement record exclusions.

The principles of government openness and accountability underlying the FOIA are inherent in the democratic ideal: "The basic purpose of the FOIA is to ensure an informed citizenry, vital to the functioning of a democratic society, needed to check against corruption and to hold the governors accountable to the governed."

Click here for the full text of the Freedom of Information Act.
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 pages free and pay for additional pages.

Category 3: Others. Requesters get the first two hours of search and the first 100 pages free.
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 
Requests for FOIA records located at Eielson AFB, AK may be submitted via the U.S. Postal Service addressed to: 

354 CS/SCOK (FOIA)
2543 Wabash Ave. Ste 300
Sample letter

or can be hand delivered to the above address or
sent via fax to: (907) 377-3333 or
sent via e-mail request to: https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx 
 
Requests for records at Eielson AFB must contain the following:

  • State or imply that the request is being made under the FOIA
  • Name, address, and phone number of the requester
  • Detailed description of the records requested
  • A statement indicating a willingness to pay any fees incurred during a search, review and reproduction of the records

    "If dissatisfied with the response received from the center, you may contact the FOIA Public Liaison at (703) 696-6487 or email af.foiapa@pentagon.af.mil." Provide all "fully released" FOIA records and the current listed records (i.e., government purchase card, etc.) on the Reading Room site to be sent to the AF FOIA Reading Room organizational mailbox at foia.readingroom@pentagon.af.mil (copied above) or to the Community of Practice (CoP). Make sure your documents are in PDF format and no larger than 30 MB.

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