Secretary of the Air Force/AAII (FOIA)
1000 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1000
Fax: (703) 693-5728
Public Access Link: https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx
Effective 30 March 2009, the Air Force has established a new Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) website for submitting request online to our Requester Service Centers (RSC). Click on the following AF eFOIA Public Access Link (PAL): https://www.efoia.af.mil/palMain.aspx. Once there, we recommend you review all the links listed on the left side as they have been designed to provide information and guidance. For mailing/faxing contact SAF/AAII FOIA Requester Service Center, 1000 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330-10000, Fax: (703) 693-5728.
"If dissatisfied with the response received from the center, you may contact the FOIA Public Liaison at (202) 404-1393 or email email@example.com ."
Please ensure that the following are included in your FOIA Request:
- Mailing Address
- Brief description of records being sought
- Willingness to pay processing fees
- Must mention FOIA in the request
Purpose of the FOIA Program
The public has a right to information concerning the activities of its Government. DoD policy is to conduct its activities in an open manner and provide the public with a maximum amount of accurate and timely information concerning its activities, consistent always with the legitimate public and private interests of the American people. A record requested by a member of the public who follows rules established by proper authority in the Department of Defense shall not be withheld in whole or in part unless the record is exempt from mandatory partial or total disclosure under the FOIA. As a matter of policy, DoD Components shall make discretionary disclosures of exempt records or information whenever disclosure would not foreseeably harm an interest protected by a FOIA exemption, but this policy does not create any right enforceable in court. In order that the public may have timely information concerning DoD activities, records requested through public information channels by news media representatives that would not be withheld if requested under the FOIA should be released upon request. Prompt responses to requests for information from news media representatives should be encouraged to eliminate the need for these requesters to invoke the provisions of the FOIA and thereby assist in providing timely information to the public. Similarly, requests from other members of the public for information that would not be withheld under the FOIA should continue to be honored through appropriate means without requiring the requester to invoke the FOIA.
It is DoD policy to make records publicly available, unless the record qualifies under one or more of the nine exemptions and/or under one of the three exclusions.
FOIA Processing Time Limits
- Once an agency receives a correct FOIA request; it has 20 working days
to make a determination on the request.
- In unusual circumstances, an agency will request an extension from the requester in writing why it needs the extension and when it will make a determination on the request.
- When a Component has a significant number of pending request that prevents are response determination being made within 20 working days, the requests shall be processed in a multitrack processing system, based on the date of receipt, the amount of work and time involved in processing the requests.
FOIA Requestor Appeal Rights
- Requestors have the right to appeal all denial decisions
- Appeals must be submitted within 60 days of the Initial Denial Letter
- Appeals must be sent through the office that initially denied the information
Electronic Reading Room
The AF Reading Room site is the single site for all AF Reading Room records. The 1996 amendments to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) mandate publicly accessible "electronic reading rooms" with agency FOIA response materials and other information routinely available to the public at http://www.foia.af.mil/reading/.